It’s Emergency Preparedness Week. Are you ready?
Saint John Emergency Management Organization (SJ EMO) wants to help you live prepared. If an emergency were to strike tomorrow, would you have what you need to take care of you and your family for 72 hours?
Getting ready won’t take more than a couple of hours, hours you may not have when an emergency happens. Saint John is always at risk from Mother Nature, with winter storms to tropical storms and floods, and our industrious nature leaves us open to human-caused emergencies as well.
“When an emergency happens, we all must be ready to take care of ourselves and our families,” says Murielle Provost, Manager of SJ EMO. “It’s up to each and every one of us to prepare a household emergency plan, have supplies and emergency kits.”
Store your kit in a nearby place, with non-perishable food and water, a flashlight and radio, extra batteries, cash (including coins), a can opener, a first aid kit, extra keys for your car and home, and special needs items, such as medications, baby items and equipment for people with disabilities. A smaller, portable kit should go in your vehicle. Don’t forget your emergency plan!
To be notified when an emergency strikes your area, subscribe to Emergency Alert, a free emergency notification system brought to you by Saint John EMO. You can choose to receive the notification by phone call, text message or email. Visit saintjohn.ca/emergencyalert to register and to learn more.
For more information, visit saintjohn.ca/emo or getprepared.ca. for additional information on preparing a kit and emergency plans.