Get Prepared — Emergency Preparedness Week Underway

Emergency Preparedness Week kicked off Sunday, signalling a week-long initiative for Canadians and their families to prepare for an emergency situation.

“Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity for us to ensure we are prepared for any emergency situation that may occur,” said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews in a statement. “It is also a time for us to recognize those men and women on the front lines who work heroically to protect our families and communities from emergency situations.”

The 17th annual EP Week takes place May 6-12, 2012, with the theme “Make a Plan.”

The federal government is encouraging Canadians to know the risks of natural disasters, make a plan and prepare an emergency kit that can last you up to 72 hours.

A national advertising campaign will highlight the importance of what you can do in the event of an emergency situation.

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