Emergency Preparedness Week, County hosting open house

Emergency Preparedness Week, County hosting open house

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—Ahead of Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019), Haldimand County Emergency Services is urging residents to be emergency ready by learning more about area risks, creating a plan, and assembling an emergency preparedness kit. On May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m., residents are invited to drop by Emergency Services headquarters in Cayuga to chat with staff, ask questions, and get emergency planning tips.

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual, nationwide event that encourages Canadians to be proactive in planning for potential emergencies.

“Emergencies or disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared is critical since it can take time for help to arrive,” said Don Otterman, Deputy Chief, Paramedic Services. “Every resident should have a plan and an emergency preparedness kit ready to take care of themselves and their family for at least 72 hours.”

Kits should include a variety of items, including: a flashlight, batteries, non-perishable food, water, a sewing kit, copies of important IDs (e.g. birth certificates), towels, rope, and garbage bags, among other necessities.

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