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Families encouraged to plan for emergencies as part of back-to-school preparation

September 2, 2016 -

The City of Kingston's office of emergency management is encouraging families to use back-to-school week as a time to develop their emergency plan.

"Planning together for emergencies helps your family feel prepared for the coming school year.  Make sure everyone knows what should happen in the event of an emergency," says Scott Davis, community emergency management coordinator.

Go to www.CityofKingston.ca/GetReady to find resources to help you plan. When developing your emergency plan:

  • Choose two emergency contacts – These are they people you contact to help reunite you with your family in the event of an emergency. Choose a local contact and an out-of-town contact.
  • Choose an emergency meeting place – This is a child-friendly place, like a grocery store, where you will meet in an emergency. If your child is with a caregiver, he or she should remain with the caregiver during an emergency.
  • Meet your community support network – Make sure your child is introduced to adults in roles who can be trusted to help them in an emergency, including police officers, nurses, doctors, teachers and firefighters.
  • Prepare for risks facing Kingston – Review and understand the possible emergencies that could affect Kingston. These include: utility disruptions, extreme weather, fire, hazardous spills and health emergencies.

Davis also notes that Sesame Street has put together a great program to help families plan for emergencies (find it at www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/ready).

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the strategic communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.