Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Measures Organization (to Dec. 19, 2005)

May 2, 2000 10:30 AM

The Emergency Measures Organization is marking Emergency
Preparedness Week from May 1 to May 7. The theme for the week,
held nationally in conjunction with Emergency Preparedness
Canada, is Together we prepare...the family, the community, the
country.

The Emergency Measures Organization advises Nova Scotians that
appropriate preparations can reduce both the occurrence of
emergencies and the resulting impacts.

"The major objective of Emergency Preparedness Week is to
emphasize the importance of personal emergency preparedness and
to increase knowledge of broader provincial and Canadian
emergency measures," said Jamie Muir, Minister responsible for
the Emergency Measures Act. "Working together to build a more
disaster-resilient family, community and country will result in a
safer and more secure quality of life for all Nova Scotians."

Emergency preparedness does begin at home. There are certain
steps families can take to prepare for potential emergencies.
For example, every family should have both a home and automobile
emergency kit.

A home emergency kit should contain items such as a flashlight
and battery-operated radio, first aid kit, candles and matches,
and medication. An emergency food and water kit can also come in
handy and should contain canned goods, crackers, non-perishable
condiments, at least one litre of drinking water per person per
day, as well as the appropriate dishes and utensils.

Auto emergency kits are important especially during the winter
months. Important items include a shovel, tow chain, compass,
paper towels, booster cables, survival candle and matches,
flashlight and first aid kit.

For more complete emergency preparedness checklists, refer to the
website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo/bulletin/check.htm .

Another important emergency preparedness step for Nova Scotians
is ensuring the correct civic number is posted in front of each
home where it can be easily seen from the roadway, day or night.

"Emergency responders frequently tell us how frustrating it is
for them when they cannot find the location from which a 911 call
originated," said Mr. Muir. "Posting a civic number is a key
element of individual preparedness."

On the community level, each of Nova Scotia's 55 municipalities
has an emergency measures co-ordinator in place. Each co-
ordinator is responsible for developing and exercising a
municipal emergency plan.

The provincial Emergency Measures Organization provides emergency
preparedness training to emergency responders and emergency
planners at all three levels of government and the private
sector. The organization also facilitates integrated emergency
planning through the development of a province-wide network of
emergency plans. The organization co-ordinates response to an
emergency through effective communications, pre-arranged mutual
aid agreements and established networking protocols.

"We have seen our share of weather-related disasters here in Nova
Scotia over the past few years and we have also responded
admirably to the Swissair disaster," said Mr. Muir. "Emergency
response of this calibre is possible only through the commitment
of the many Nova Scotians involved. It takes extreme dedication
to prepare for an event which you hope never happens, and we are
all indebted to them for that service."


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     May first to seventh is Emergency Preparedness Week in

Canada and the Emergency Measures Organization is advising Nova

Scotians that preparedness begins at home.

     Emergency measures recommends that families have emergency

home and automobile kits and that they ensure their civic number

is clearly posted where it can be seen from the roadway, day or

night.

     Preparedness is also important at the municipal and

provincial levels.

     Each of the province's 55 municipalities has an emergency

measures co-ordinator in place to develop and exercise an

emergency management plan.

     The Emergency Measures Organization provides for integrated


emergency planning and response on a province-wide basis.

     For a complete emergency checklist, refer to the Emergency

Measures Organization website

(www.gov.ns.ca/emo/bulletin.check.htm).

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Contact: Mike Myette
         Emergency Measures Organization
         902-424-5620
         E-mail: myettemj@gov.ns.ca

                        
kjd                      May 2, 2000     10:25 a.m.