Norfolk County joins communities across the country in recognizing Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week from May 7-13, 2023.
EP Week encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This year’s theme is Be Prepared. Know Your Risks.
“It’s important to think about what emergencies might happen in Norfolk County, and prepare accordingly,” said Fire Chief Gord Stilwell. “For example, depending on the time of year, risks for our area might include flooding, extreme cold or heat, and power outages.”
By taking a few simple steps, residents can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:
- Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to the community and region can help better prepare.
- Make a plan – Every home needs an emergency plan. Emergencies can happen anytime, often when families are not together. Plans can be made in as little as 20 minutes.
- Get an emergency kit – Purchasing or making an emergency kit that ensures self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours (about 3 days) following a disaster. Kits include water, food that will not spoil, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight.
- Stay informed – The community is encouraged to follow @NorfolkCounty on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates during an emergency.
“While we have incredible first responders here in Norfolk County, we all have a role to play when facing an emergency,” said Mayor Amy Martin. “Being prepared before an emergency occurs is critical to your well-being and the well-being of your loved ones.”
Visit ontario.ca/beprepared to better prepare for all types of emergencies.