BRAMPTON, ON – Be a part of Emergency Preparedness Week 2017 from May 6 to 13, when the City of Brampton Emergency Management Office (BEMO) will be at locations across the city with information on personal and family preparedness.
“There’s a lot that Brampton residents can do to help protect themselves and their loved ones in an emergency,” said Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi, Chair of the City’s Community and Public Services Committee. “The City of Brampton has a wealth of resources to support this kind of planning, and we are a leading municipality in the area of Emergency Preparedness.”
The theme for this year’s Emergency Preparedness Week is: Plan – Prepare – Be Aware. According to a Statistics Canada 2014 Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience, only 47 per cent of Canadians reported setting aside items such as water, food, medicine, flashlights or cash. BEMO wants every resident to plan for emergencies by having a fully stocked 72-hour emergency kit.
“Emergencies do happen, and will happen,” said Alain Normand, BEMO manager at the City. “Having an emergency kit will improve your comfort and safety in the event of power loss, water shortage or other emergencies that could happen during a disaster.”
BEMO is kicking off Emergency Preparedness Week with an open house and demonstration of an Evacuation Centre at Cassie Campbell Community Centre on Saturday, May 6 from 11 am to 3 pm. All are welcome to stop by, ask questions, and get information on emergency preparedness. There will be other demonstrations and information booths set up around Brampton throughout the week. Check out www.brampton.ca/prepared for a full list of activities.
BEMO develops and sets up programs to prevent, respond and recover from major emergencies, such as winter storms, flooding, hazardous spills and wide-spread power outages. In addition to emergency management planning and response, BEMO also has a mandate for public education.
Public education about emergency preparedness is a positive example of City departments, community partners and first responders working together. BEMO’s partners include Fire and Emergency Services, various City departments and community partners such as St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, The Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police. BEMO takes great pride in their 100+ member team of Community Emergency Response Volunteers.
For more information on what you should have in your 72-hour Emergency Kit, go to: http://www.brampton.ca/en/residents/Emergency-Measures/Pages/Checklist.aspx
More facts from the 2014 Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience:
• 58 per cent of Canadians reported having a wind-up or battery-operated radio in their home
• 48 per cent of Canadians had an alternate heat source
• 43 per cent of Canadians had an alternate water source on hand
• 23 per cent of Canadians possessed a back-up generator
• In the event of a natural or weather-related disaster, approximately one quarter of the population would first listen to radio broadcasts for information or help, while 20 per cent would watch the news on television or seek online news sources.
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