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.......are you prepared. Got the following from a staff e-mail. Thought I would share it with you.

Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is an annual, national event that takes place during the first full week of May. The main objective is to increase awareness about individual preparedness by knowing the risks, and knowing how to reduce the impact of those risks on yourselves and your loved ones, so that when disaster strikes, the more prepared you are, the more resilient you become.

Everyone should learn about disasters that have happened in their community in the past such as SARS/Pandemic, Floods, Power Outages, and therefore disasters that could happen in the future. Three steps to help you to better prepare you and your family is to:

Prepare an emergency kit - It doesn't take long - find out what goes into one, and ensure you have one in your home, and in your car.

Make a plan - Know what you and your family should do in case of an emergency. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency.

Know the risks - What are the hazards in your region. Canadians face a number of hazards e.g., earthquakes, blizzards, hurricanes. We need to prepare for all types of emergencies.

Maintaining and enhancing people's quality of life is an essential priority of the Government. Our work and personal lives are affected daily by many factors, including access to communications, transportation, food, education, health care, housing and employment. Access to any or all of these can be seriously jeopardized when a community is affected by a disaster. Planning for a disaster helps everyone better control the situation, reduce its impact and helps us recover more quickly. The Emergency Preparedness Week is a good opportunity to learn more about the risks we face and how we can reduce them. Take the time to better protect yourself, your family and your community. By taking a few simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies - anytime, anywhere.