Emergency Preparedness Week 2014

Topics: National, First Aid and CPR
May 02, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Week, May 4-10, is a time for the Canadian Red Cross to remind everyone to be ready in the event of emergencies and disasters.

In 2013, the Canadian Red Cross helped more than 91,000 people in response to more than 2,800 emergencies – an average of almost eight emergencies every day.  While some disasters are accidental or man-made, many of last year’s emergencies were caused by severe weather, including massive flooding in Alberta and a severe ice storm in southern Ontario.

Being prepared means having the knowledge, plans, and tools to cope in an emergency. This includes knowing the risks in your community, making a family emergency plan, and getting or making an emergency preparedness kit.

No matter what the emergency or disaster, you should be prepared to care for yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours in a disaster. The Canadian Red Cross has many helpful resources to help you and your family plan for an emergency.  Learn more about how to make an emergency plan, what to pack in an emergency kit, and about the risks in your area, visit www.redcross.ca/ready.

From May 1-15, the Canadian Red Cross is offering a 10 per cent discount on select emergency preparedness items.  Visit the online store today!