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Emergency Preparedness Week: Are you ready?

May 5, 2014 -

This winter's Williamsville fire and ice-storm events highlight the need for citizens to prepare themselves and their families to face possible emergencies. 

This is Public Safety Canada's Emergency Preparedness Week – and the City is reminding residents to get ready to meet the special needs of each of their household members in the event of an emergency.

"Do you have pets?  Do you have an infant or a family member who needs medication or physical assistance?  What are your household's special needs?  Make sure you can provide for them if and when there is an emergency," says John Cross, Manager, Emergency Management.

Ready yourself and your family to face possible emergencies by:

  • Creating and practicing a household disaster plan to get out of the house in the event of fire, or other sudden emergency.
  • Assembling a Household Emergency Supply Kit which will allow you and your family to shelter-in-place for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency.
  • Assembling a Go Bag.  A Go Bag includes the essential items you will need if it is necessary to evacuate in an emergency.
  • Learning how to face possible emergencies, such as: extreme weather (storms, flash floods, and tornados), blackouts and other utility disruptions, fires, hazardous material spills, and disease outbreaks.
  • Learning First Aid and CPR skills to enable you to treat injuries or save a life ahead of the arrival of emergency workers.

This year, the Province is also encouraging residents to subscribe to its public alert system at www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/ontariowarnings/ontariowarnings.html or follow @OntarioWarnings on Twitter.

For a list of possible emergencies – and more details on how to prepare your household to deal with them – go to www.CityofKingston.ca/emergency or pick-up the Get Ready Kingston Personal Emergency Preparedness Guide at City Hall or Kingston branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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