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Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7, 2022

HALTON HILLS, ON – “Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything” is this year’s theme for the annual campaign that has all levels of government, and various organizations and businesses, working to share a common message.

“If this past year has taught us anything,” said Peter Faria, Emergency Management Coordinator, “It’s that we have to be ready for the unexpected. That is why it is important to have a plan, be prepared and understand what to do to keep yourself and others safe during an emergency.”

Residents are encouraged to create a plan now, before an emergency strikes. Information is available for download from the Town’s website or copies can be picked up at municipal arenas and the Gellert Community Centre from May 1- 7.

An emergency plan should include the following:

  • communications with family members

  • evacuation procedures and safe meeting places

  • pet care

  • fire prevention and safety procedures

  • utility shutoffs

  • copies and safe storage of important documents

“Although we have seen great strides through our collective efforts to battle the COVID-19 virus, we are not yet through this world-wide emergency,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “The impact has been unprecedented from who we see, to how we socialize, shop and work. That’s why emergency management is a shared responsibility for which we all have a role to play, including individuals, communities, governments, the private sector and volunteer organizations.”

Residents are encouraged to expand their emergency preparedness efforts and reach out to neighbours and friends who are vulnerable or need assistance such as seniors, pet owners, and people with disabilities and special needs.

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