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Public Safety Canada

May 01, 2009 10:15 ET

Public Safety Minister Launches Emergency Preparedness Week 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2009) - Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan launched Emergency Preparedness Week today at a training demonstration at Toronto Fire Service's Special Operations Training Centre.

The Minister met with first responders who showcased their capacity to deal with emergencies by providing a hazardous materials (HazMat) emergency simulation. Earlier in the week, Minister Van Loan announced funding of up to $2.5 million over five years to the Canadian arm of the International Association of Fire Fighters for their HazMat training program.

Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 3 - 9, 2009. It is an annual event to promote the importance of emergency preparedness across Canada. It is a collaborative event undertaken by many, with hundreds of activities occurring in communities across Canada.

Emergency Preparedness Week focuses on what Canadians can do to prepare for emergencies like flooding or a severe storm. Canadians are encouraged to take three simple steps:

- Know the risks in their area

- Make a family emergency plan

- Get an emergency kit

"Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canadians safe, but everyone has a role to play. Do your part this week by taking stock of your supplies and making sure they meet your family's needs. That way, when an emergency does happen, you'll be better prepared and can minimize the impact on you and your loved ones."

This year, new materials are available to help Canadians better prepare:

- A short animated video, "Preparing a Family Emergency Kit in Plain English."

- A checklist you can use to assemble or buy emergency kit items.

- New guide on preparing for Severe Storms (part of a series that includes Floods, Power Outages, Earthquakes, and emergency preparedness for livestock).

- Scouts Canada's new Emergency Preparedness (EP) Program with two new badges, one for Cubs and one for Scouts, and supporting material developed by federal and provincial emergency preparedness experts.

- An updated Emergency Preparedness Guide. More than 2.5M of these guides have been distributed since the campaign was launched in 2006).

Learn more by visiting www.GetPrepared.ca or by calling 1 800 O-Canada.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
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