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Emergency Preparedness Week 2016

Apr 29, 2016

Every year, Emergency Preparedness Week encourages Canadians to evaluate and prepare themselves for potential emergencies.

From May 1 through 7, the Corporation of Delta will be hosting events and promoting Emergency Preparedness Week to assist Delta residents in readying themselves for any disaster, natural or man-made.

Learn how you can be prepared with three simple steps:

Know the Risks

Canada is known for having a wide range of natural hazards that could create an emergency at any given time. In British Columbia, we direct much of our emergency preparedness towards potential earthquakes, but it's important to know the other risks that present themselves daily. Natural disasters like avalanches, floods, and severe storms are just some of the other natural occurrences we should be cautious of, but there are many other illnesses, public safety, and energy crises we should protect ourselves against.

Make a Plan

Emergencies tend to happen when we don't expect them or when our families are separated. To save time and limit stress in an already stressful situation, Emergency Plans are key for when your kids are at school or grandparents are across town. You can make your own emergency plan online and download it here

Get an Emergency Kit

To provide for you and your family in the wake of an emergency, you need to have basic supplies to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. There may be instances where power and tap water are not available to you, which make items such as food, water, flashlights, and blankets incredibly important. Get easy-to-carry bags and place them in easily accessible places.

Shake Zone

Probably the most pertinent natural disaster to the West Coast is the possibility of Earthquakes. We've been told for years that the "Big One" is on its way. Aside from a few shakes here and there, few of us have experienced a large-scale earthquake. The Corporation of Delta is giving you a chance to experience what a catastrophic earthquake would feel like through Shake Zone.

Shake Zone is a mobile earthquake simulator that allows people to experience the impact of a large earthquake and motivate you to get prepared in case of a disaster. Bring your family and neighbours to the Fire Hall Centre for the Arts from noon until 6 pm on Friday, May 6 to try the Shake Zone and learn how to get prepared for an earthquake together.

Emergency Preparedness Workshops

Of course, ensuring the safety of your family extends beyond one week in May. Throughout the year, Delta is offering Personal Preparedness Workshops to teach you the risks, how to make a plan, and what to do in an emergency.

These free workshops take place on:

  • June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Ladner Community Centre – Barcode: 353382
  • September 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the South Delta Recreation Centre – Barcode 353384

Register now at DeltaReg or by calling 604-952-3000.

Stay safe and #GetPrepared! Learn more about Emergency Preparedness in Delta.