Guelph, Ont., April 30, 2018 – National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 to 12, and the City of Guelph is kicking off the week on May 2 with a day of fun and information to help you prepare your family for any emergency.
“This year’s theme—Be Emergency Ready—highlights the importance that everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency; and being prepared means having the knowledge and equipment necessary to better cope during an emergency,” says Dave Elloway, the City’s community emergency management coordinator.
Join us Wednesday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road South, and spend the day browsing displays from community groups, local utility companies and emergency first response organizations. The Canadian Red Cross will have a small demonstration evacuation shelter at the event, and Guelph Fire Department personnel will be on hand to answer your questions. Be sure to check out the rescue vehicles and equipment.
Emergency Preparedness Week is a good time to remind ourselves about the little things we can do that really make a big difference when faced with an emergency.
”Being ready is the best first step for any emergency,” adds Elloway.
There are many ways to “Be Emergency Ready”; here are a few:
- Download and read Your Personal Preparedness Guide
- Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit
- Build a personal Emergency Preparedness Action Plan
- Be flood ready
- Become familiar with Alert Ready. On Monday, May 7 at 1:55 p.m., an Alert Ready test will take place across Ontario. A test emergency alert will be sent to television, radio, and cell phones/wireless devices.
For information on the City’s emergency services, visit guelph.ca/emergency.
For more information
Deputy Chief, Guelph Fire Department
Manager, Administration and Emergency Preparedness
Community Emergency Management Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2127