This week is Emergency Preparedness Week in an effort to educate residents the importance of being prepared in the event of any kind of emergency. 

Last year's evacuation due to Red Lake 49 is a firm reminder that our community and surrounding areas have many potential risks ranging from wild fires to large chemical spills and extreme weather conditions

The theme for this year's preparedness week is "Be Ready for Anything", and local emergency services are urging the public to create a 72 hour emergency kit for your home and an emergency plan. 

If a major emergency happens in our community, it may take Emergency Services some time to reach you. Make sure you have an emergency plan that everyone in your household knows about. Your plan should include a list of who you would contact in an emergency and how you will communicate with your family members who may not be at home when the emergency happens. Your plan should also include:

• home evacuation plan;
• utility shutoff procedures; and
• special instructions for seniors or disabled persons living with you.

You need to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. A basic emergency kit includes:
• WATER keep at least two litres of water per person per day and have small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
• FOOD that will not spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
• manual can-opener
• crank, battery-powered flashlight and extra batteries (replace batteries once a year)

Emergency Preparedness Week runs May 2-8, 2021.