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Public Safety Canada

May 07, 2007 12:18 ET

Minister Day Launches Emergency Preparedness Week and Signs Agreement to Strengthen Partnership with St. John Ambulance Canada

ST. LAZARE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 7, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today launched Emergency Preparedness Week by signing an agreement with St. John Ambulance Canada, formalizing its relationship with the Government of Canada regarding emergency management.

"I am pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with St. John Ambulance, through which we will strengthen our partnership in emergency response and management," said Minister Day. "Once again, Canada's New Government is taking action to protect Canadians and ensure that we are well prepared for any emergencies."

"This initiative will enhance collaboration between the Government and St. John Ambulance Canada in emergency response, exercises, public education, communications and training," noted Ian Bennett, Chief Operating Officer of St. John Ambulance Canada. "This will both help the Government and our organization to prepare Canadians for emergencies and will improve emergency response."

"Quebecers remember the ice storm of 1998 and the 1996 floods in the Saguenay region. Such events help them to appreciate the need to be prepared for emergencies," noted the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal, who was on hand for the event. "The Government of Canada works closely with the Quebec Department of Public Security during Emergency Preparedness Week to encourage people in the province to prepare for emergencies."

In addition to recognizing the role St. John Ambulance has played for Canadians in emergencies, Minister Day stressed the role that individuals could play.

"To be prepared, we encourage Canadians to take three important steps; get an emergency kit, develop a family emergency plan, and know the risks in their region. Canadians should prepare themselves to be self-sufficient in an emergency for at least 72 hours, which will allow emergency workers time to help those in greatest need," concluded Minister Day.

Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual national awareness initiative that takes place each year during the first full week of May. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations as well as non-governmental organizations which supports activities at the local level, in concert with the Government of Canada.

Information on emergency preparedness is available at www.GetPrepared.ca or by calling 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232) TTY: 1 800 926-9105.

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire via CCNMatthews.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657