Emergency Preparedness Week: Be Prepared. Know Your Risks.

Though natural disasters may be beyond our control, Windsor residents are urged to take control of their safety with concrete actions to prepare themselves for emergencies during Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week), May 7 to 13, 2023. This national effort is led by Public Safety Canada, provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, Indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

EP Week aims to encourage Windsor residents to reduce the risks and impacts of emergencies by taking simple steps to protect themselves and their families. This year's theme, "Be Prepared. Know Your Risks," emphasizes the importance of understanding the risks specific to your community and region.

During the week, Windsor residents are urged to take action as follows:

  • Know the risks: By understanding the specific risks in Windsor and the surrounding area, residents can better prepare for emergencies.
  • Make a plan: Developing an emergency plan for your family can help you know what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Get an emergency kit: During an emergency, basic supplies will be needed, so it is important to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

“Individual preparedness can make a difference, both during and after a disaster,” said Fire Chief Stephen Laforet. “As a community, let's take the necessary steps to be better prepared for emergencies. Put together an emergency kit now and take action during EP Week 2023 and all year round.”

Resources and information on emergency preparedness in Windsor can be found at www.WindsorFire.com/emergency-preparedness.

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