Emergency Preparedness Week - May 5 - 11, 2019

Posted on Monday May 06, 2019

With spring now in full swing, Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services are excited to be celebrating this year’s 24th annual Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week with the Province.

This year’s campaign runs May 5-11, 2019 and the theme is:  “Are You Ready?”

The“Are You Ready?” campaign is an opportunity to increase awareness of emergency preparedness by educating residents on the benefits of making an emergency plan and building an emergency preparedness kit.

The “Are You Ready?” theme for 2019 EP Week lends itself to framing any type of emergency in practical terms that people can relate to such as; flooding, forest fires, power failures, severe thunder storms, blizzards and tornados.  Focusing attention on the actual risks will lead to increased awareness and understanding that there could be real consequences if residents are not adequately prepared.

“Residents are being encouraged to expand their emergency preparedness efforts beyond their families and reach out to neighbours and friends who may be vulnerable or require assistance during an emergency”, states Fire Chief C. Ryan Edgar, Director of Fire and Emergency Services. “This may include seniors, pet owners, and people with disabilities and special needs”.

Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services are excited to be participating in display booths this week at Giant Tiger, Davis Independent Grocers and Gilmer’s Home Hardware.  “If you drop by one of our booths, please fill out a ballot for your chance to win your very own 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Kit”, Edgar said.

There are three simple steps to be better prepared for emergencies:  “Know the Risks, Make a Plan, Get an Emergency Kit.

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 self register, vis:t our Rapid Notify page or contact the Fire Administration Office at 245 Ontario Street, Port Hope 905.753.2230.

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