Are you prepared for an emergency?
Next week’s Emergency Preparedness Week is the perfect time to get better prepared for natural hazards and other emergencies.
During Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7 to 13), public safety and law enforcement experts will share tips on knowing the risks, making a plan, and putting together an emergency kit. Islanders can find their information at Emergency Preparedness and by following PEI Public Safety on Facebook or Twitter.
“One of the things that makes Prince Edward Island mighty is Islanders’ unwavering commitment to help each other when it is needed the most,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General. “We have seen here and across Canada that emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time, so we ask all Islanders to do what’s best for themselves and their families and take a few simple steps this week to get prepared.”
Islanders are encouraged to:
• Plan - Every family needs an emergency plan so they know what to do, where to meet and how to get in touch if disaster strikes.
• Prepare - During an emergency, Islanders should have an emergency kit with enough supplies for themselves and their families for the first 72 hours of an emergency.
• Be Aware - Know the natural risks in Prince Edward Island including hurricanes, extreme winter weather, and utility outages.
"One of the most important aspects of being prepared is having things ready to go when you need them. When you know bad weather is approaching, be prepared and be ready for the worst,” said Cst. Robb Hartlen of the Kensington Police Service. “A car emergency kit will help if you are stuck in your car and have to wait for help. It should include a heat source like a candle, as well as a blanket and a flashlight. A wind-up or battery powered radio and a fully charged cell phone are also beneficial.”
Islanders following PEI Public Safety on Facebook and Twitter can enter to win prizes from the PEI Emergency Measures Organization including crank radio/lanterns and gift cards to purchase supplies for your emergency preparedness kit.
Department of Justice and Public Safety