Emergency Preparedness Week kicked off on Sunday, May 6, and the Municipality of Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services department has been working to ensure that the community is educated on the ways in which one can be prepared for hazards and emergencies in Ontario.
“It is imperative that we keep the community informed about the ways in which you can prepare to mitigate an emergency situation,” explains C. Ryan Edgar, Port Hope Fire Chief / Director of Fire and Emergency Services. “If an emergency happens in our community, it may take emergency services some time to get to you. By taking a few simple steps today, you will be better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.”
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Be Emergency Ready – Stay Connected,” Chief Edgar indicates that there are three simple steps to be better prepared for emergencies:
1) Know the Risks: Knowing the risks within your region can help you better prepare for weather events and other natural disaster. In Canada, we face earthquakes, blizzards, tornadoes, flooding, and many severe weather storms.
2) Make a Plan: Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs .Plan how to meet or how to contact one another, and discuss what you would do in different situations. Visit the Get Prepared website for an online emergency plan resource.
3) Get an Emergency Kit: In an emergency you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water and you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Make sure that your kit is easy to carry and that everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet.
These tools will ensure that your family is better prepared to deal with unforeseen events in the future.
The Province is participating in Emergency Preparedness Week by taking the opportunity to test their alert system. On Monday, May 7 at 1:55 p.m. a Province-wide test of the system will be issued to all LTE enabled (4G) cell phones and mobile devices. The test will be the first of its kind for the Province and will give Ontarians an added level of emergency awareness.
Similarly, Port Hope's Rapid Notify System sends simultaneous alerts to advise our residents and businesses of emergency situations or hazards that could affect your health and safety (e.g. major fire, hazardous materials, shelter-in-place/evacuation notice, or severe weather conditions). Though most telephone numbers are automatically registered, Rapid Notify Self Registration allows you to ensure that you get the call, either on a landline, cell phone or by text. To register, visit: www.porthopefire.ca/
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For more information, please contact:
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator