Is your family prepared if an emergency strikes?

Guelph, Ont., May 1, 2017 – On Wednesday, May 3, the City of Guelph will host its annual Emergency Preparedness Day event at the West End Community Centre.

The free event is an opportunity for residents and school age children to learn about what is needed to plan and prepare for an emergency at home, work, or school.

“An emergency can strike a community with little or no advance warning, but being prepared for one can help you and your family remain safe,” says Dave Elloway, the City’s emergency management coordinator.

In addition to information displays from utilities, volunteer groups, and emergency first response organizations, members of the public can check out Guelph Fire’s aerial truck, rescue vehicles, and equipment. The Canadian Red Cross will also have a 50-person evacuation shelter onsite for people to view.

Emergency Preparedness Week 2017

During national Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7 to 13, the City’s Emergency Services reminds Guelph residents to plan, prepare and be aware in order to protect themselves and their families during an emergency.

“This year’s theme—plan, prepare and be aware—highlights the importance of having these measures in place, but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up-to-date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you,” says Elloway.

At home, residents are encouraged to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit. To build a personal Emergency Preparedness Action Plan, including kit, visit guelph.ca/emergency.

What

Emergency Preparedness Day

Who

This is a free event open to the public. Students from the Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic school boards will take part in the Emergency Preparedness Day event.

List of participating agencies

Where

West End Community Centre
21 Imperial Road South

When

Wednesday, May 3
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information

Dave Elloway
Deputy Chief, Emergency Services
Community Emergency Management Coordinator
Administration and Emergency Preparedness
519-822-1260 extension 2127
dave.elloway@guelph.ca