As we face the COVID-19 global pandemic, we know more than ever, emergencies can happen at any time. That’s why emergency preparedness is critical.
This week, May 3 - 9, the City of London and London's Emergency Management Partners are using National Emergency Preparedness Week as an opportunity for residents to plan and take action to better protect themselves and their families during emergencies.
“As we face these unprecedented times, I am incredibly proud of our emergency management partners, health officials, community agencies, first responders, frontline and essential workers, and all those working hard together to keep our community safe,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “While we never want to see a situation like this occur, I know the work these teams have done to be prepared has meant they are well-positioned to support London through the impacts of this COVID-19 pandemic.”
London’s emergency management partners, health officials, first responders and community partners have been working together to reduce the impact of the pandemic before, during and after. These teams train together on a regular basis to prepare and to be able to response to emergency situations like the one we are facing.
Londoners also have an important role to play in emergency preparedness and community safety. During these times, this includes continuing to maintain physical distancing and avoiding social gatherings and public events of more than five people in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Following the advice of federal, provincial and local health officials has been critical in the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
“Community safety is a collective responsibility and everyone has a role to play,” says Dave O’Brien, Division Manager, Corporate Security and Emergency Management. “During Emergency Preparedness Week and beyond, Londoners are encouraged to think about their emergency plans and the actions they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones. As we continue to face COVID-19, staying informed and continuing to follow the lead of health officials remains important.”
For information about what you and your family can be to prepare for an emergency, visit London.ca/emergency
Londoners are encouraged to help protect themselves and others against COVID-19 by staying informed and following the advice of health officials to stop the spread.
Important information from health officials including:
- The Middlesex London Health Unit
- Provincial Ministry of Health
- The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Information related to COVID-19 impacts on City of London services and local information related to the Provincial Orders: