Be Prepared, Stay Safe: Cochrane’s initiative for Emergency Preparedness Week

Cochrane, AB – This year, during Emergency Preparedness Week, Cochrane is encouraging residents to understand the risks in their community and take steps towards emergency preparedness. Running from May 5 - May 11, the week serves as a chance for individuals to contemplate, acknowledge risks, and prepare for potential crises. This emphasis underscores the significance of ongoing preparedness rather than merely reacting to disasters. Throughout the week, Cochrane will disseminate valuable emergency readiness advice via social media and other communication platforms.

Jay Judin, Director of Protective Services and Emergency Management for Cochrane, stresses the importance of proactive measures: "While natural disasters may be unavoidable, we can mitigate risks and minimize the impact of emergencies. Residents are encouraged to review and improve their personal or family emergency plans this week, taking tangible steps towards readiness. This proactive approach can safeguard individuals and their loved ones during crises."

Residents can enhance their preparedness to confront various emergencies regardless of the time or location. Here's how:

  • Understand the risks: While the outcomes of emergencies may share similarities, awareness of specific community risks is crucial for effective preparation.
  • Create a plan: Devoting as little as 20 minutes to crafting an emergency plan can significantly enhance readiness.
  • Acquire an emergency kit: Equipping yourself with essential supplies to sustain for at least 72 hours during an emergency can be lifesaving.

Emergency Preparedness Week presents a unique opportunity for individuals to take proactive steps to safeguard themselves, their loved ones, and their community during a crisis. With this year's theme being "Be Prepared. Know Your Risks.", the focus is on empowering all Canadians to comprehend the risks within their communities, enabling them to better protect themselves and their families.

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