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City of Vernon encourages preparedness

Recognizing Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7, city invites residents to prep for an emergency
Volunteers build a wall of sandbags to keep the rising Vernon Creek from flooding the Kindale Seaton Centre in Vernon in 2017. The City of Vernon is encouraging residents recognize Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7 and get their homes ready in the case of an unforeseen emergency such as flooding. (Morning Star - file photo)

The City of Vernon encourages its residents to take some time to consider whether their household feels ready to face an emergency. And, if not, what steps can be taken right away.

May 1-7 is Emergency Preparedness Week across Canada.

Natural disasters can happen at any time and can widely impact a community. There are steps each person can take to help better prepare to face and recover from an unexpected event.

“Over the past few years, communities in the Southern Interior have experienced a number of large weather-related emergency situations that have required people to take quick action,” said Mayor Victor Cumming. “While we never want to experience an emergency situation, being prepared with an emergency plan can make us more able to respond to these difficult situations.”

Emergency preparedness begins with three simple steps:

• Know the risks that are specific to our community and region;

• Make a plan with everyone in your household;

• Get an emergency kit to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

“Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity to prepare for emergencies and protect ourselves, each other, and our community,” said Sue Saunders, Vernon’s emergency program coordinator. “If every household, business, and neighbourhood learns about the hazards likely to occur in this area, develops an emergency plan (including where to find and validate information during an emergency), and prepares the resources they will likely need during an emergency, our community will become more resilient and able to withstand and recover from disasters.”

If you already have a plan in place, here are some additional steps you can take this week:

• Scan important documents to a secure location;

• Check for and replace expired items in your emergency kit;

• Make a plan for your pets;

• Create a checklist of important items you use every day but that you’ll need to take with you in an emergency (i.e., medications, contacts or other personal items);

• Review your pre-planned meeting places to go to in an emergency.

To learn more about emergency preparedness plans and what other steps you can take this week, visit or

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