News release

Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7-13

Floods, forest fires, hurricanes and blizzards -- just some of the risks we face in Nova Scotia. Are you prepared to cope on your own for the first 72 hours while first responders help those in desperate need?

That is the question the province's Emergency Management Office (EMO) is asking during National Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7-13.

"Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility," said David Morse, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Act. "We work everyday to ensure the province is prepared and we encourage individuals and families to do everything they can to ensure they are prepared as well."

Knowing the risks in each region is critical to a person's ability to be prepared. EMO offers the following tips on how to prepare:

  • Develop a family emergency plan
  • List emergency phone numbers and addresses by the phone
  • Prepare a home emergency kit
  • Prepare an emergency kit for the car
  • Select a common meeting place for the family
  • Choose one local and one distant family member or friend to call if the family gets separated during an emergency
  • Teach children how and when to call 911
  • Ensure the correct civic number is posted where it can be seen clearly from the roadway day or night
  • Take a first-aid course

"By taking a few simple steps today, we can be better prepared to face a range of emergencies - anytime, anywhere," said Mr. Morse.

For more information on personal preparedness, see the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .

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During National Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7th to 13th, the Emergency Management Office is asking Nova Scotians if they are prepared to cope on their own for the first 72 hours of an emergency.

Emergency Management Minister David Morse says emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility and by taking a few simple steps today, individuals will be able to cope on their own while first responders attend to those in desperate need.

For more information on personal preparedness, visit the EMO website (www.gov.ns.ca/emo) .

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Media Contact:

Sheliah Tulloch
Emergency Management Office 902-424-0284 E-mail: