The City of Charlottetown Fire Department, in partnership with New York Emergency Management, has released emergency plan templates to help residents create a customized plan for their home, business and pets.
May 1-7 is Emergency Preparedness Week. The City encourages everyone to have a 72-hour emergency kit in their home or business in case of emergency. The new templates should be part of those emergency kits.
"We want to remind citizens of the importance of being prepared for emergencies. We ask that everyone take a few minutes to have a plan and prepare an emergency kit," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This message is even more poignant in light of the evacuation in Fort McMurray. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the individuals and rescue personnel involved."
Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces, territories and community partners. The theme this year is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.
"We want to encourage residents to complete the Emergency Management Plan templates as a family or as a group if it is for a business or organization," said Councillor Jason Coady, Chair of the Protective and Emergency Services Committee. "It is so important that all of members of your family or business are familiar with your emergency plan and know where emergency supplies are kept."
The public is encouraged to prepare for all types of emergencies such as hurricanes, flooding, blizzards or other events that may mean days without electricity or other utilities, and potential delays in emergency response or access to supplies.
Some of the supplies recommended for an emergency preparedness kit include:
• a supply of water for between three and seven days;
• non-perishable food;
• a stocked First Aid kit;
• prescription and non-prescription medicines;
• formula, diapers and other baby supplies, if needed;
• a manual can opener;
• battery-powered radios and flashlights with extra batteries;
• blankets and a change of clothing for each household member (in case of evacuation);
• candles and matches or a lighter;
• and a charged cell phone.
"We all have a responsibility to be prepared for all types of emergencies," said Fire Chief Randy MacDonald. "Public Safety Canada recommends residents be self-sufficient for a 72-hour period in the event of an emergency. It’s better to be prepared in case roads are ever inaccessible to vehicles or emergency crews are delayed in their response to individuals or in their access to supplies."
The department is working to expand the template offerings and will include a specialized emergency plan template for persons with disabilities once feedback has been gathered from community partners.
For more information on preparing for emergencies, visit: www.getprepared.gc.ca or www.gov.pe.ca/publicsafety
To access the Emergency Plan templates visit: www.charlottetown.ca
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