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Emergency Preparedness Starts at Home

Emergency Preparedness

May 02, 2011

A fierce windstorm has knocked out power and downed trees, which now block streets in your neighbourhood. Are you prepared with food, a flashlight and other emergency supplies?

The City of Edmonton reminds residents to be prepared for a major emergency such as a flood, fire or storm.

“The City of Edmonton is ready to react to any situation and it wants Edmontonians to be prepared,” said Dave Galea, director of the City of Edmonton’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. “People should be able to live at least three days without power, water and heat at any time of the year while emergency crews focus on restoring services and responding to critical situations in an emergency.”

To help families learn how to prepare for an emergency, the City of Edmonton and ATCO Gas are presenting the fifth annual Get Ready in the Park event.

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Hawrelak Park

Get Ready in the Park is a great opportunity for citizens and organizations to learn how to prepare for and respond to major emergencies,” said Brian Hahn, President of ATCO Gas and co-sponsor of the Get Ready in the Park event. “Everyone has a role in community emergency preparedness to keep their own homes, families and pets safe in an emergency.”

More than 25 exhibitors from municipal, provincial, federal, corporate and non-profit organizations will be at Get Ready in the Park to educate residents about how we all work together to prepare for emergencies.

There’s plenty to see, touch, hear and do at this free, family-oriented event, including touring a helicopter or fire truck and seeing search and rescue dogs in action.

Enter to win great prizes, including a 72-hour-emergency kit.

Get Ready in the Park is a part of Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1-7, 2011.

Edmonton residents can also learn how to prepare for major emergencies by picking up a copy of the Emergency Guide.

For more information call 311, or visit: Get Ready in the Park