Emergency Preparedness Week

From Public Safety Canada

May 5-11, 2019

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Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity to encourage Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This year’s theme is “Be Emergency Ready”.

While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency; and being prepared means having the knowledge and equipment necessary to better cope during an emergency. There are many ways to “Be Emergency Ready”. Here you will find links and resources to help you and your family better prepare for possible disasters.

Emergency Preparedness Week Readiness Challenge

Join the Emergency Preparedness Week readiness challenge for your chance to win daily prizes!

To enter, post tips/pictures showing how you’re helping to make you and your family better prepared to cope during an emergency.

Use #EmergencyReady for your chance to win!

For more information, please see our contest rules and regulations.


Transcript

Video length: 3 minutes 20 seconds.

Hello everyone.

I’m Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

And I’m here to talk to you about Emergency Preparedness Week.

This is an annual event in Canada, and our theme this year is “Be Emergency Ready.”

It’s a timely message.

Especially given what many of us have suffered through, weather-wise, over the past year.

Last flood season, the Saint John River in New Brunswick was at record levels, damaging homes and roads, and prompting evacuations.

In both British Columbia and Alberta, snowmelt floods in the spring meant thousands of people needed to leave their homes.

Both 2017 and 2018 were catastrophic for wildfires, with nearly 13,000 square kilometers burned in B.C. alone last year.

And here in Ottawa in September, six tornadoes ripped through the area causing devastation and damage to property and power lines.

These situations are becoming more frequent, and more severe.

The question facing so many of us continues to be: am I prepared for when an emergency happens?

Your Government wants to help you.

You may have received warnings on your smartphone alerting you in times of emergency or disaster.

These can and do help to save lives and protect public safety.

All provinces and territories plan to do tests of the system on May the 8th.

To find out what time you can expect to receive an alert in your area visit alertready.ca.

I’d also encourage you to visit our online resources at Canada.ca/emergency-preparedness-week for helpful tips on how to prepare, including through our Flood Ready campaign.

This year, we’re giving you a special challenge.

Canadians have a chance to win an emergency preparedness kit, by joining our online social media challenge.

All you have to do is share a tip or picture showing how you’re helping to make you and your family better prepared to cope during an emergency, using the hashtag #EmergencyReady.

It can be as simple as making your own emergency kit, creating a family emergency plan, or learning about the hazards in your area.

I look forward to seeing how you’re rising to the challenge!

Although emergencies are different in nature, they share one thing in common:

That is the brave women and men who work day in and out to keep Canadians safe, in communities across the country.

This week is a perfect time to recognize and thank first responders, volunteers and emergency management professionals for protecting us each and every day.

Thank you for listening, and for being prepared.

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Testing of the Alert Ready system

Some provinces and territories will be conducting another test of the Alert Ready system over TV, radio and wireless networks on May 8th.

To find out what time you can expect to receive an alert in your area visit Alert Ready.

Get Prepared

Know the risks. Make a plan. Get a kit.

Know the risks. Make a plan. Get a kit.

Alert Ready

Alert Ready - Emergency alert system

On May 8th, 2019, governments will be conducting another test of the Alert Ready system over TV, radio and wireless networks.

Flood Ready

Flood Ready

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in Canada. Take steps to protect your property.

Be Ready App

Be Ready

Information you need to prepare for different emergency situations at your fingertips

Partners

We recognize the importance of collaborating with organizations that share an interest in emergency preparedness. We work closely with all Provincial and territorial emergency management organizations (EMOs) on emergency preparedness outreach.

Together, with the following organizations, we are helping Canadians become better prepared for emergencies.


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