News & Public Notices
Get ready for emergencies: prepare yourselfie
April 21, 2016 –
Are you ready to face a possible emergency? Do you:
- have an emergency plan,
- prepare a 72-hour household emergency kit, and
- have Go Bags for every member of your household (including babies, seniors and pets)?
See the possible risks facing Kingston and everything you need to be prepared at www.CityofKingston.ca/GetReady and share your emergency preparedness ideas and pictures at #ygkprepared.
"Zombie apocalypse is not on the list of risks facing Kingston, but power outages, ice storms and fires and health emergencies are. Getting ready is a great household project that will really help you if and when you need it to," says Scott Davis, community emergency management coordinator.
Prepare yourselfie contest!
To encourage you to prepare – and in anticipation of Emergency Preparedness Week , May 1 to 7 – the City of Kingston is holding a Prepare Yourselfie contest. Take a picture of yourself and/or members of your household with an emergency kit item and email it to Prepared@CityofKingston.ca by May 8.
Your email address will be entered into a random draw to win a fully-stocked Go Bag and your picture will be shared by the City @CityofKingston and its office of emergency management @ygkoem on Twitter and sent to the provincial campaign using #prepareyourselfie.
Participate in an emergency preparedness week event may 1-7
Mark Emergency Preparedness Week by participating in one or more of these events:
- Emergency Preparedness Twitter conversation – 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3: Join the City, community emergency experts and the Limestone District School Board at #LDSBprepared and #ygkprepared to talk about getting ready for emergencies.
- Learn to be a CANWARN weather-spotter – 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St. It's free to attend, but please register for the event on Eventbrite (search "Canwarn" at www.eventbrite.ca) as space is limited. CANWARN members spot and report severe weather to Environment Canada's severe weather office. This Emergency Preparedness Week event is co-sponsored by the office of emergency management, the City's climate action team and KFL&A Public Health – which will offer a presentation on how to prepare for severe weather and extreme heat events.
- Emergency Services Partners Display in Springer Market Square – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Learn about the City's office of emergency management, Kingston Fire & Rescue, Kingston Police, Frontenac Paramedic Services, Utilities Kingston , Kingston Public Works, KFL&A Public Health, Canadian Red Cross and St. John Ambulance.
- What's Your Plan? Chamber of Commerce Workshop – 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, at Innovation Park, 945 Princess St. The City's community emergency management coordinator will help you prepare your business to face emergencies. Register to participate at http://www.kingstonchamber.ca/. (Chamber members pay $25 and non-members pay $45 plus HST.)
See what goes in a Go Bag or 72-hour household emergency kit: www.CityofKingston.ca/GetReady Learn more about CANWARN: http://www.ecoa.ca/canwarn.shtml Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner
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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