Burlington, Ont., May 3, 2012- The City of Burlington is recognizing Emergency Preparedness Week from May 6 to 12 by encouraging families to stay safe and be prepared in the event of an emergency.
"The safety of our community is our number one priority," said Mayor Rick Goldring. "The Burlington Fire Department and city staff collaborate with all levels of government to ensure our community is well prepared for an emergency."
The city, in partnership with Halton Region and the Canadian Red Cross, will be setting up public emergency preparedness displays and providing free emergency planning information from May 7 to May 11 in the main lobby of City Hall, 426 Brant St., Burlington. Residents are encouraged to drop by to learn more about getting prepared.
"I cannot stress enough just how important it is for our citizens to have a plan," said Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Weber. "Panic and stress can be eliminated and contained if a family is adequately prepared and organized in the event of a crisis. It's our goal to educate and provide helpful, informative resources to help families prepare before an emergency happens."
Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that began in 1996. One of the goals of the week is to teach the public how to reduce the risks and consequences of an emergency by being better prepared. Each year, Canadians are encouraged to take three primary steps throughout the week; know the risks, make a plan, and create an emergency kit.
For more information about getting prepared, visit www.getprepared.ca, www.emergencymanagementontario.ca, www.emergencymanagementontario.ca or www.burlington.ca/fire.
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