Emergency Preparedness Week – Are you Ready?

Emergency Preparedness Week, which runs from May 4 to 10, 2014, encourages citizens to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need. The most recent ice storm that hit Caledon turned our attention to the importance of being personally prepared as many residents experienced prolonged power outages.

“Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better, both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency preparedness kit now – it can make a world of difference,” said Fire Chief Dave Forfar. “During Emergency Preparedness Week, I encourage you to take concrete actions to be better prepared. Please do your part.”

Localized emergencies such as a blackout, a flood or a severe storm can happen anytime throughout the year in the Town of Caledon. Being prepared also means:

 Knowing the risks specific to your community to help you better prepare.

 Practicing a plan where your family would reunite if an emergency strikes.

 Preparing a home and vehicle kit to help you cope on your own for a period of time.

Caledon Fire & Emergency Services invites you to join them to learn more about emergency preparedness. Visit http://www.getprepared.ca for more information on how we can all make our homes and our communities a safer place to live. Resources are also available at your local library and online at http://www.caledon.ca/fire. To help you get started in putting together a personal preparedness kit, selected items will be specially priced at the Home Depot and the Canadian Tire Stores from May 4 through to May 10.

Join Caledon Fire and Emergency Services at the following locations:

Mono Mills Fire Station

Car Wash/Open House 6000 Hwy #9 May 3

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bolton Wal-Mart

150 McEwan Drive May 8 & 9

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Home Depot Bolton

12760 Highway #50 May 10

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Canadian Tire Bolton

99 McEwan Drive May 17

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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