Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 06, 2007 16:00 ET

Statement by Minister Day regarding Emergency Preparedness Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 6, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today issued the following statement marking Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada, which takes place this year from May 6 to 12.

"Canada's New Government takes emergency preparedness seriously. In Budget 2006, our new government invested $38 million over two years to enhance the federal capacity to deal with catastrophes and emergencies. With Bill C-12 on Emergency Management, which is now in the Senate, we are moving to strengthen federal readiness in preparing for, and responding to all hazards in Canada.

During this year's Emergency Preparedness Week, we are highlighting the important messages that Canadians need to remember about emergencies: know the risks, make a plan, and get a kit.

We are encouraging Canadians to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency, which is the length of time it takes to mobilize a relief effort in a significant way. This is why we would like to see everyone in Canada have an emergency preparedness kit in their home.

All levels of government in Canada are involved in emergency management. For national emergencies and disaster assistance in Canada, the Government of Canada coordinates the federal response and works with the provinces, territories and other partners.

Canada's New Government is committed to continue working with our partners to help Canadian families get prepared for hazards of all kinds. That is why this year's emergency preparedness guide was developed in consultation with partners including the provinces and territories, as well as the Canadian Red Cross Society, St. John Ambulance Canada and the Salvation Army."

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
    Media Relations