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  Weekly Feature (April 29, 2007)
 


Emergency Preparedness Week
by
Dina

 

 

As Cheryl mentioned in last week’s feature, people often talk about being prepared for an emergency, but how many of us are really prepared?

Emergency Preparedness Week is a nation-wide event that takes place during the first full week of May. This year it is May 6 – 12. The main goal of the event is to increase awareness about individual and family preparedness.

One of the fundamental principles of Emergency Management in British Columbia is, “It is up to the individual to know what to do in an emergency to protect themselves and their family. If the individual is unable to cope, governments respond progressively, as their capabilities and resources are needed.”

In case of an emergency, it is recommended that you be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. A basic kit should contain water, food, candles and matches or lighter, a battery-powered or wind-up radio, first aid kit, special items such as prescription medications, extra house and car keys, and cash.

To find out more about Emergency Preparedness Week, making emergency kits, and related information go to

Emergency Preparedness Week

Is Your Family Prepared?

Provincial Emergency Program

For those of us with pets, the SPCA also provides disaster planning information for animals

 

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