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City, emergency services and RCMP urge preparedness

The safety of both yourself and your family is paramount in any emergency situation. That’s the message from the City of Cranbrook ahead of Emergency Preparedness Week – May 6 to 12, 2012.

The City of Cranbrook, along with Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services and the RCMP are encouraging both residents and business owners alike to ensure they are capable of being completely self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours in the event of a serious emergency situation.

“We encourage our residents to prepare themselves to be capable of being completely self-sufficient for a 72 hour period minimum, in an emergency,” said Mayor Wayne Stetski. “Having a well stocked emergency kit in your home, and a well laid out family emergency plan will allow you and your family to better handle long term emergency situations, like gas or hydro outages, storms or other potential emergency situations.”

“One of the most significant considerations for residents is that emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands will be placed on responders during these events,” says Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services Chief Wayne Price. “It may take us some time to get to you as we help those in most critical need first.” Being prepared is key. By knowing the potential hazards around you, preparing and practicing a plan and creating and maintaining a proper emergency kit, you will be better prepared for any emergency.

Residents should consider the most basic, but important items, in your home emergency kit,” says Price. “Things like water, canned or dried foods, a manual can opener, flashlights, battery powered radios, a well stocked first aid kit, prescription meds, extra keys and cash are all important components of any good emergency kit.”

For information on how to best prepare yourself and your family for any type of unforeseen emergency, visit www.getprepared.gc.ca or www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/Personal_Safety.html

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