Have you done your part to prepare for the event of an emergency?
That’s the question being asked by the City of Saint John as it marks Emergency Preparedness Week.
The Saint John Emergency Measures Organization says this year’s theme is Be Ready for Anything, ensuring that you and your family are prepared in the event of a sudden emergency.
“Some disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face, whether natural or human-induced,” read a news release from Saint John EMO.
The organization encourages residents to have enough emergency supplies for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency. This buys first responders more time to help those in urgent need.
EMO says being prepared goes a long way in helping people cope during and after a major disaster.
Some of the steps you can take to stay prepared in emergencies include:
- Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
- Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do.
- Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.
- Stay connected – We encourage citizens to follow us on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as our website.