An emergency can happen at any time and the City of Red Deer wants residents to be prepared.
The city is offering tips for National Emergency Preparedness Week, which is May 5 to 11. The theme for this year’s week is “be emergency ready.”
“We see emergencies impacting people across Canada every year,” said emergency management co-ordinator Karen Mann.
“Every time an emergency occurs, we see that preparedness for individuals and families works. It makes people more resilient and less vulnerable to disaster impacts. This makes our community stronger.”
The city offers the following tips:
- Know the risks in your community;
- Make an emergency plan for yourself and family;
- Get a 72-hour emergency kit.
Risks can change from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, Mann added.
“For example, if you live close to flowing water, you want to be prepared for flooding. If you are close to industry, railways or a major highway, you should know the steps to shelter in place. Risk awareness is key to preparedness,” said Mann.
Information on emergency preparedness is available at www.reddeer.ca/getprepared.