Public Service Announcement: Emergency Preparedness Week is May 2-8, 2021

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 2-8, 2021


This year’s theme is “Be Ready for Anything!”

Lincoln, ON – (April 30, 2021) - Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996.  It encourages Canadians to take actions so that they are better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, sometimes with very little warning. The Town of Lincoln, in collaboration with key officials, agencies , and other stakeholders are prepared to quickly respond to the situation. Lincoln, along with Grimsby, West Lincoln and Wainfleet are guided in their municipal emergency response by the Niagara West Emergency Management Plan.

“Emergency Preparedness Week has helped raise awareness for the past 25 years across Canada about our joint responsibility to prepare for unexpected situations,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have unprecedented impact on everyone. While the Town of Lincoln continues to work with regional and provincial partners to keep everyone safe and stop the spread of COVID-19, it is clear that now, more than ever, we are in this together.”  

Individuals and businesses both have an important role in emergency preparedness.  Depending on the disaster, it may take responders a longer time to reach those affected and provide the required assistance.  Planning and preparing for emergency events now will go a long way to help everyone cope better - both during and after a major disaster.  

“It is our responsibility as the local municipal government to keep our community safe by providing exceptional emergency services, and through extensive emergency planning and preparedness,” said the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos. “Over the past year, we have learned how quickly ordinary life can change to an emergency and we truly do need to be prepared for anything that may come our way.”

Does your family know what to do if disaster strikes?

Learning about the hazards and risks specific to Lincoln and the Niagara Region will help you to better understand the types of emergencies you may be faced with and how it might impact you and your family. 

This week, we encourage you to do your part and take these three simple steps to becoming better prepared.

  1. Make a plan:  The time you invest in creating an emergency plan today is the first step in being prepared for anything. Having a plan and discussing it with loved ones will save time and will make real situations less stressful.

  1. Build a kit: Your emergency kit should have everything you and your family would need to keep you and your family safe no matter where you are.  Store the items you would need in a container that is accessible and easy to carry if you needed to vacate your home.

  1. Stay informed: During an emergency it is important to follow local authorities for up-to-date information and instructions.  Be sure to include a portable, battery operated radio in your emergency kit.  Follow the Town of Lincoln on social media and subscribe to digital newsletters for real time news and information.

Learn more about Emergency Management at the Town of Lincoln by visiting: https://lincoln.ca/emergency-services/emergency-management.

You can help to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 by staying informed and following public health measures. For further information on the Town’s response to COVID-19 and impacts to facilities and services, visit www.lincoln.ca/coronavirus-pandemic.

Media Contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205

lbusnello@lincoln.ca

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