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Everyone has a role to play in an emergency

Mon May 7, 2012

The Saint John Emergency Management Organization (EMO) is urging residents to “get prepared” during national Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) May 6-12.

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996.  

How can you prepare?
EP Week encourages Canadians to take three simple steps:
•    Know the risks
•    Make a plan
•    Get a 72 hour emergency kit

Saint John EMO has a number of initiatives planned this week to encourage citizens to become better prepared for an emergency.

There will be a trivia contest running on local radio stations. The prize is a backpack filled with items designed to complement a 72 hour emergency kit.

As well, Saint John EMO has produced videos encouraging citizens who live and or work in Saint John to find out more about the “E” signs throughout the city and how to follow them during an emergency. The videos are available on Youtube and will run on the Rogers Cable 10 Community channel as well as the Empire Movie Theatre in June.

Citizens are encouraged sign up for “Emergency Alert” at www.saintjohn.ca. The system was introduced by the City last year and provides subscribers with an emergency notification system.

“It’s critical that our citizens are our partners in response to an emergency,” says Kevin Clifford, Chief, Saint John Fire Department and Director, Saint John EMO.

Emergency Preparedness Week is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with Public Safety Canada and partners.

The Saint John EMO develops, implements and maintains a variety of emergency plans, programs and initiatives aimed at reducing the disastrous impact of a major emergency in the community. This is accomplished by working cooperatively with a wide range of partners, including citizens of Saint John, both within and outside the municipality. 

To learn more visit www.GetPrepared.ca