London Takes Park in Emergency Preparedness Week
The citizens of London have faced all kinds of emergencies, from ice storms to power outages to severe thunderstorms and flooding. We will face more in the future. Emergencies can strike at any time so being prepared is critical. During May 1 to 7, London's Emergency Management Partners will be taking part in National Emergency Preparedness week.
This year, London's team will be focused on raising awareness of the importance of personal preparedness for every member of our community. Emergencies can affect all cultures, genders and age groups. Thinking about what you would do in the event of an emergency is the first step to being prepared.
Mayor Brown is confident the City is ready to handle emergencies. He says, ““We know just how important it is to be prepared, well trained and ready. However, we must continue to stay focused and remind Londoners what to do in the event of a disaster. We need to be ready to help ourselves, our neighbours and to know how and where to find assistance.”
London’s Emergency Management Program this year is introducing a new Twitter account, dedicated to educating Londoners about the importance of personal preparation. #PrepareLondon will provide vital information, such as how to prepare for severe weather, understanding the difference between weather warnings and weather alerts and how to prepare your own 72-hour kit. Everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to for 72 hours in the event of an emergency or disaster, until they can be reached by emergency workers.
“Everyone has a role to play when it comes to being prepared for emergency situations,” says Dave O'Brien, Division Manager, Corporate Security and Emergency Management. “Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity for members of our community to become informed about what their role is and how they can be prepared to stay safe during emergencies.”
Londoners are invited to tour London’s Emergency Operations Centre, check out emergency vehicles and displays and learn how to prepare a 72 hour kit:
Emergency Preparedness Open House
Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
London’s Emergency Operations Centre
Byron Fire Hall # 12, 275 Boler Rd.
Preparing for potential disaster before it happens is your best defence. Being prepared may mean the difference between being a victim or a survivor.