Nova Scotians are urged to be prepared for emergency situations as part of Emergency Preparedness Week, May 3-9.
“After the winter we just experienced with floods, flash freezing and snow storms, we all have to be prepared for unexpected situations,” said Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office.
“We know that many types of situations can develop in our province at any time. We must be ready.”
Nova Scotians are encouraged to take three steps to prepare for an emergency: know the risk; make a plan; and get an emergency kit.
Some risks are seasonal, like winter storms, flooding, wildfires, and hurricanes. Other year-round risks include house fires, chemical spills, or road accidents. To prepare, people should think about things like how long they can get by without electricity or running water.
A plan will help residents deal with emergencies and should include where to find things that will be needed and what to do during an emergency.
An emergency kit should have everything needed to keep people healthy for at least 72 hours.
On Tuesday, May 5, Mr. Furey, emergency management co-ordinators around the province, and other partners, will host a Twitter chat on preparing for emergencies from 10:30 a.m. to noon. People can join in by using the hashtag #epweek
“The more prepared we are, the better we’re able to provide for the safety and comfort of our families and loved ones,” said Mr. Furey.
To learn more about putting together an emergency plan and kit, visit http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/prepare_for_an_emergency/ .