Emergency Preparedness Week is May 2-8, 2021

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Emergency Preparedness Week is May 2-8, 2021   

This year’s theme is “Be Ready for Anything!”

Grimsby, ON – (May 2, 2021) - Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996.  It encourages Canadians to take actions so that they are better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, sometimes with very little warning. The Town of Grimsby, in collaboration with key officials, agencies, and other stakeholders are prepared to quickly respond to the situation. Grimsby, along with Lincoln, West Lincoln and Wainfleet are guided in their municipal emergency response by the Niagara West Emergency Management Plan.

Individuals and businesses both have an important role in emergency preparedness.  Depending on the disaster, it may take responders a longer time to reach those affected and provide the required assistance.  Planning and preparing for emergency events now will go a long way to help everyone cope better - both during and after a major disaster.  

Does your family know what to do if disaster strikes?

Learning about the hazards and risks specific to Grimsby and the Niagara Region will help you to better understand the types of emergencies you may be faced with and how it might impact you and your family. 

This week, we encourage you to do your part and take these three simple steps to becoming better prepared.

 

  1. Make a plan:  The time you invest in creating an emergency plan today is the first step in being prepared for anything. Having a plan and discussing it with loved ones will save time and will make real situations less stressful.

 

  1. Build a kit: Your emergency kit should have everything you and your family would need to keep you and your family safe no matter where you are.  Store the items you would need in a container that is accessible and easy to carry if you needed to vacate your home.

 

  1. Stay informed: During an emergency it is important to follow local authorities for up-to-date information and instructions.  Be sure to include a portable, battery operated radio in your emergency kit. 

You can help to protect yourself and others, against COVID-19 by staying informed and following public health measures. For further information on the Town’s response to COVID-19 and impacts to facilities and services, visit https://www.grimsby.ca/en/covid-19.aspx

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