Are you and your family prepared in case of an emergency?
This year, Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6-13, and the City of Brampton Emergency Management Office (BEMO) will be at locations across the city with information on personal and family preparedness.
The theme for this year’s Emergency Preparedness Week is: Plan – Prepare – Be Aware.
According to a Statistics Canada’s Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience 2014, only 47 percent of Canadians reported setting aside items such as water, food, medicine, flashlights or cash in case of an emergency.
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“There’s a lot that Brampton residents can do to help protect themselves and their loved ones in an emergency,” said Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi, Chair of the City’s Community and Public Services Committee. “The City of Brampton has a wealth of resources to support this kind of planning, and we are a leading municipality in the area of Emergency Preparedness.”
BEMO advises every resident to plan for emergencies by having a fully stocked 72-hour emergency kit.
“Emergencies do happen, and will happen,” said Alain Normand, BEMO manager at the City. “Having an emergency kit will improve your comfort and safety in the event of power loss, water shortage or other emergencies that could happen during a disaster.”
BEMO develops and sets up programs to prevent, respond and recover from major emergencies, such as winter storms, flooding, hazardous spills and wide-spread power outages.
BEMO partners with Fire and Emergency Services, various City departments and community partners such as St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, The Region of Peel, and Peel Regional Police, and has a Community Emergency Response Volunteers team of over 100.
BEMO’s kick-off event on Saturday May 6 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. is an open house with a demonstration of an Evacuation Centre at Cassie Campbell Community Centre. All residents are invited to stop by, ask questions, and get information on emergency preparedness.
There will be demonstrations and information booths set up around the rest of Brampton throughout the week.