This week is Emergency Preparedness Week and the Region of Peel is inviting its residents to Be Ready for Anything, the theme of this year’s campaign. A little time spent preparing now can help residents navigate future emergencies with less stress and better outcomes.
To be ready for anything, the Region recommends residents follow some easy steps to prepare for emergencies at home or on the road, including:
- Assemble an emergency kit that will sustain you and your family for up to 72 hours without running water or electricity.
- Develop an emergency plan that addresses the needs of each family member or pet in an emergency and includes key documents and contact numbers.
- Make a home escape plan that identifies at least two ways out of your home as well as a safe place to meet outside. Practice the plan with your family, especially with children, so everyone knows what to do and where to go.
- Create a vehicle emergency kit – and update it for the seasons – to handle emergencies on the road.
The Region of Peel was notified of 442 potential emergency events last year. This amounts to 1.21 events per day. These included 39 flood events, 38 summer storm events and 25 winter storm events. The Regional emergency management team coordinates the response with internal and external partners to stabilize situations as quickly as possible. Many emergencies were resolved within 24-hours.
The number of emergencies in Peel is increasing, with 2021 experiencing more than three times the number of emergencies than a decade earlier. Preparing for emergencies ensures you have the right skills and the right state of mind to manage an emergency.
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