Emergency Preparedness Week 2021
Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, marked this Sunday the beginning of Canada’s 26th annual Emergency Preparedness (EP) week, which will run from May 2-8, 2021.
In a statement, Blair underlines that this year’s theme, “Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything”, is a way of reminding Canadians that we need to act proactively, preparing in the best way for a range of emergencies that they and their families can cope in their region.
“Even though the global pandemic is still top of mind, emergencies know no bounds, which is why it is crucial that we be prepared for unforeseen circumstances and continue to follow public health guidance”, said Blair.
This national event, which has been held annually since 1996, is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners. On March 8th, Public Safety Canada launched an Emergency Preparedness Advertising Campaign.
On May 5th, most provincial and territorial partners plan to issue a public awareness test of the Alert Ready system over television, radio, and wireless networks. As explains Blair, regular testing of the system “helps ensure that in times of an emergency or disaster, we are prepared to deliver urgent and lifesaving warnings to the public”.
This year, Canadians have a chance to win one of seven emergency preparedness kits by joining our online social media challenge. “All you have to do is share a tip or picture showing what you are doing to ensure you and your family are prepared to cope during an emergency and use the hashtag #ReadyForAnything”, says Blair. ■