News Release

REF NO.: 192

SUBJECT: Memorial University recognizes Emergency Preparedness Week

DATE: May 2, 2011

Memorial University’s Office of Emergency Management is encouraging everyone to better prepare for an emergency as it marks Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7, 2011.
            Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and impact of whatever emergency we might face – whether natural or human-induced.
            Emergency Preparedness Week encourages Canadians to prepare to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need. This special week is a national effort of emergency management professionals and Public Safety Canada.
            By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:
           Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare
           Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do 
           Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.
            We all have a personal responsibility to prepare ourselves in the event of an emergency.
            Public Safety Canada, Fire and Emergency Services Newfoundland have information and materials available on their websites to assist in preparing yourself and your family. Please visit www.getprepared.gc.ca or www.gov.nl.ca/fes/epw/index.html for more information.   
            As well, visit Memorial University’s Office of Emergency Management website for information on emergency management on the university’s campuses at www.mun.ca/emergency.    
            This week, you are encouraged to take action to be better prepared. Please do your part! Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better – both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now – it can make a world of difference.
            Please join members of Memorial’s Office of Emergency Management from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in The Landing (UC-3018) at the University Centre on the St. John’s campus for a coffee break in partnership with Memorial’s Department of Health and Safety who are celebrating North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. Coffee, tea and cake will be available. Representatives from Public Safety Canada will be joining the Office of Emergency Management to promote personal preparedness!

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