May 5-11, 2013 is Emergency Preparedness Week, an annual awareness campaign to encourage Canadians to be better prepared to deal with disasters in their communities.
The Red Cross urges Canadians to know the risks that are most likely going to affect them where they live. Preparing for disasters can be fun and can involve all members of your family.
Despite the fact that nearly half of Canadians have experienced at least two types of personal emergencies or disasters, two thirds of Canadians say they have not taken the steps to prepare for a disaster. While many Canadians believe that disasters are not an issue in their communities, the fact is that every province and territory experienced a disaster within the past year.
The Canadian Red Cross responded to over 2,300 disasters in the past year, including everything from house fires to wildfires, landslides, severe flooding, power outages, and hurricanes.
In a large-scale emergency, responders may not be able to reach you for at least 72 hours. Being prepared with a kit for you and your family will allow you to remain safe while emergency personnel respond to your community’s most urgent needs.
Are you prepared?
Being prepared means having the knowledge, plans, and tools to cope in an emergency. This includes knowing the risks in your community, making an emergency plan, and getting or making an emergency preparedness kit.