Emergency Preparedness Week - Before an emergency
Posted: May 4, 2016
The RM of East St. Paul Emergency Preparedness Team would like to invite all residents to participate in Emergency Preparedness Week which is taking place from May 1-7, 2016.
The theme this year is plan, prepare, be aware. Emergency preparedness is one of the responsibilities of the federal government department known as Public Safety Canada. Their website is http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca.
In addition, you are also encouraged to visit the municipal website at http://www.eaststpaul.com. Under the government tab, you will find the emergency preparedness topic which will provide you with a vast amount of information as well as answer some questions you may have.
In this final installment, we are providing information to help you be aware during the various phases of an emergency.
Before an emergency
Individuals and families
You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency. You should also understand the basic principles of first aid and safety. Every disaster is a local disaster. Different levels of organizations respond progressively as an emergency escalates and their resources are needed. The first ones to respond are closest to the emergency.
First Responders - i.e. fire, police, paramedics
Local fire, police, paramedic, and search and rescue teams are normally the first to respond to an emergency. They are responsible for managing most local emergencies as part of the municipal emergency plan. Find out more about the emergency plan in your area by contacting our municipal office.
There are several non-profit, non-government organizations (NGOs) that play very important roles in emergency management, including disaster prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Some examples include the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and The Salvation Army. They work in partnership with governments to help Canadians deal with emergencies, from providing first aid training to disaster relief. Learn more about these NGO partners.
Provincial and territorial governments
Every province and territory has an emergency management organization (EMO), which manages large-scale emergencies and provides assistance to municipal or community response teams as required. EMOs fulfill an important role in support of first responders and municipalities. Learn more about your EMO.