Preparing for an emergency is a team effort. That’s according to local Fire Prevention Officer Mike Vadlja. The theme for this year’s Emergency Preparedness Week is Know the Risks, Reduce them Together!, encouraging you to reach out to neighbours, family and friends including those who are more vulnerable and need help. Emergency Preparedness Week runs until May 9.

Vadlja says there are three main steps to follow.

  • 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
  • Have 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.

Emergency Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Reach out to neighbours, family and friends who may be vulnerable or unable to support themselves during an emergency. Visit the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management website at for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies. Follow @OntarioWarnings on Twitter.