Canada Highlights Emergency Preparedness Week

May 6 through 12 is recognized as Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada, with the 2012 theme of “Make a Plan.” The website www.GetPrepared.ca just unveiled a redesign with easier navigation and new sections on preparing children for emergencies, how to plan for pets and service animals, and using technology to keep in touch during emergencies. Canadians can visit the site to complete and download their own family emergency plan.

Emergency Preparedness Week www.GetPrepared.caAlso available is a mobile version of the website, m.GetPrepared.ca, which gives quick access from a mobile device on what to do during different kinds of emergencies. The mobile website also allows users to email a custom emergency kit shopping list from their mobile device.

Public Safety Canada publishes a wide variety of products aimed at helping citizens know the risks and get prepared for emergencies, including a 36-page Emergency Preparedness Guide and Pocket Guide to Emergencies.

The Minister of Public Safety encouraged Canadians to use Emergency Preparedness Week as an opportunity to “ensure we are prepared for any emergency situation that may occur. It is also a time for us to recognize those men and women on the front lines who work heroically to protect our families and communities from emergency situations.”

Canadians are encouraged to get more involved in their communities by talking to friends, family and co-workers about emergency preparedness, developing plans to be ready, educating others on the importance of emergency preparedness, and knowing the emergency response agencies in your community.

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national event coordinated by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments and other partners, encouraging Canadians to be ready to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency. For more information on EP Week, visit www.GetPrepared.ca, and follow @Get_Prepared on Twitter.

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