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Emergency Preparedness Week May 2-8

Halton Hills, ON – “Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything” is this year’s theme for the annual Provincially-led campaign which includes a test of the Alert Ready system. Residents can expect to hear the distinct sound of the alert on their television, radio or wireless devices on Wednesday, May 5 at 12:55 p.m. The system delivers critical and life-saving information to Ontario residents on the actions people need to take to keep themselves and loved ones safe during an emergency. “If this past year has taught us anything,” said Bryce Marshall, Community Emergency Management Coordinator/Deputy Chief, “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. 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

“COVID-19 has been a world-wide emergency and who could have predicted that it would impact us in so many different ways, from who we see, to how we socialize, shop and work,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “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. Learn more about preparing for an emergency including how to make an emergency plan from the Emergency Management Ontario website and the Town's website.

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