Londoners have faced all kinds of emergencies, from ice storms to power outages to severe thunderstorms and flooding. Emergencies can strike at any time so being prepared is critical. During May 6 to 11, London's Emergency Management Partners will be taking part in National Emergency Preparedness week and Community Safety and Crime Prevention Week.
“City of London Emergency Management Partners, first responders, staff, and members of our Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee, all do an incredible job preparing and responding to emergencies, says Mayor Ed Holder. This week provides an opportunity for our community members to become informed on how they can partner with us and what they can do at home to prepare for an emergency situation. Each one of us has a role to play in the successful management of any emergency situation in our community.”
New this year, the City of London is introducing a Citizen Academy Program, a public education citizen volunteer program. The goal of this program of training a group of volunteers in 72 hour preparedness and emergency management and increase knowledge and awareness in our community.
Through the Citizen Academy Program, Londoners will have an opportunity to learn firsthand about emergency management issues and programs in their community and be able to participate in both classroom and hands on sessions facilities by Corporate Security and Emergency Managing staff.
“Citizens are a critical partner for us in any emergency situation, the better prepared they are, the better prepared our community will be,” says Dave O’Brien, Division Manager, Corporate Security and Emergency Management.
As part of the Emergency Preparedness Week, the City of London will be testing its Alert London Notification System on Thursday, May 9, at 10:55 a.m. Alert London is a communication tool which will be used to provide emergency information to residents during an emergency using the delivery method of their choice. The system is able to send notifications via telephone, cell phone, text message, and e-mail. During a large-scale emergency, City staff will pinpoint the location of the situation using geo-mapping technology and then activate the system to notify residents and businesses in close proximity to the emergency.
Examples of situations which could trigger the Alert London notification system include hazardous material spills, boil water advisories, power outages or severe winter storms. Notifications will be tailored to each situation and could include instructions to evacuate or shelter-in-place. Londoners are encouraged to sign up for Alert London as an easy and effective way to prepare for emergencies.
Londoners are invited to the many free events taking place throughout Emergency Preparedness Week and Community Safety and Crime Prevention Week.
Feeling safe in our communities and everyday lives is paramount to the wellbeing of every citizen,” says Laila Norman, Chair of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee. “We encourage everyone to take part in the variety of activities geared to public safety happening this week.”
Event highlights include:
Tuesday, May 7 – Seniors’ Safety Lunch
Location: Bostwick Community Centre, 501 Southdale Rd. W.
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7 – Public Input Session on Community Safety
Location: Stoney Creek Library, 920 Sunningdale Road East
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 9 – Alert London Notification System Public Test
Time: beginning at 10:55 a.m.
Saturday, May 11 – Emergency Preparedness Open House
Location: London’s Emergency Operations Centre, Byron Fire Hall # 12, 275 Boler Rd.
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 – Family Safety Day
Location: St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, 1360 Oxford St. W.
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.