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2014-05-06 06:56 by admin
April 30, 2014
Prepare Your Family for 72 Hours – Emergency Preparedness Week
Over the years, the Central Okanagan has seen its share of large scale emergencies.
While interface wildfires, floods and other natural disasters may be beyond our control, there are ways you can reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face.
May 4th through 10th is Emergency Preparedness Week across the country. It’s a good time for all Central Okanagan residents to review and revise their family emergency plans or if you don’t have a plan, get your family together to make one.
You should be prepared to cope on your own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, while first responders and rescue workers help those in urgent need. By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies, anytime, anywhere. It’s important to:
- 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.
The coordinator of the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program says visiting www.cordemergency.ca is a good place to start.
Jason Brolund says, “That’s where you can join more than 15 hundred other people who have already subscribed to receive email information updates whenever the EOC is activated in response to any emergency in the Central Okanagan. Subscribers receive real time notices whenever any new information is released from the Emergency Operation Centre including detailed maps showing areas under evacuation alerts and orders.”
“The cordemergency.ca website proved to be an incredibly valuable direct information source during past flooding and wildfire events across the region.” He adds, “You’ll also find links on the website to a wide variety of information that will be useful as your family make its own emergency plans, from floods to wildfires and severe weather-related emergencies. Emergency Preparedness Week gives everyone a chance to prepare and take stock of their family’s needs now, in a calm, stress-free and rational way.”
A selection of emergency preparedness pamphlets is available at the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road in Kelowna) and the main Kelowna Fire Hall (2255 Enterprise Way).
Central Okanagan Emergency Program Coordinator
RDCO Communications Officer
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