Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1 to 7, is an opportunity for Canadians to ensure they are prepared for any emergency situation that may arise. Natural disasters, pandemics, cyber incidents and terrorism can all cause emergencies in Canada. While response personnel, such as those with The Salvation Army, prepare by participating in training classes, all individuals and families should also prepare for potential dangers and threats.
“It takes about 20 minutes to make a family emergency plan,” says Major Rick Shirran, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army. “No one knows when disaster might strike, but we can all be prepared.”
As one of Canada’s major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army is often assigned specific roles by emergency preparedness authorities. Salvation Army personnel provide emotional and spiritual support, emergency housing, feeding and clothing. In the response and recovery phase, last year, The Salvation Army helped 9,800 people in Canada when disaster struck.
Throughout Emergency Preparedness Week many Salvation Army Emergency Response Teams and CRUs (community response units) will participate in various events to inspire people to develop an emergency plan and be better prepared.
To help you prepare a plan, The Government of Canada has developed an emergency preparedness guide. This guide explains in greater detail the steps Canadians should take to become better prepared for emergencies. Included are a Family Emergency Plan template and list of emergency kit items.
For more information on Salvation Army Emergency and Disaster Services, click here.