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May 03, 2019 Return to Headlines

Get Prepared During Emergency Preparedness Week

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 3, 2019 – Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week), May 5 - 11, is a great time to get the knowledge and supplies necessary to better cope during an emergency.

Free Preparedness Training
The Coquitlam Emergency Program offers free Personal & Family Emergency Preparedness classes that use an earthquake scenario to walk you through the steps to being better prepared at home, including what supplies to assemble in your emergency kit. Free sessions run at various times throughout the year, and for EP Week, we have the following:

  • Saturday, May 11
    1– 3 p.m.
    Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch, Room 137 (1169 Pinetree Way)

Pre-registration required. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/emergtraining for more information and to sign up online.

Purchase Emergency Preparedness Supplies
You can also stop by Coquitlam City Hall (3000 Guildford Way) on Wednesday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to chat with the City's Emergency program staff, pick up valuable preparedness information and purchase emergency kits and supplies.

For more information on emergency preparedness and to get prepared, visit www.coquitlam.ca/emergprepared.

Follow Us on Social Media for Preparedness Tips
Follow us on Instagram during Emergency Preparedness Week, , May 5 – 11, and check out Stories for key tips on some essentials to help you and your family get better prepared to care for yourselves in the case of an emergency or a disaster:

  • How to pack a grab and go kit;
  • Know how and when to drop, cover and hold on; and
  • Identify an out-of-area-contact and complete contact cards for all family members.

Alert Ready – Emergency Alerting System Test on May 8
Alert Ready is Canada’s emergency alerting system delivering critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and LTE-connected and compatible wireless devices. These alerts will be issued by emergency management officials and federal, provincial or territorial governments to warn people of imminent life/safety threats. Mobile phones across Canada will vibrate and ring with a unique cadence and tone during Emergency Preparedness week as part of testing of this nationwide emergency public alerting system. In B.C. the sound and vibration alert will be sent to compatible mobile devises on May 8 at 1:55 p.m. (PDT). Visit www.alertready.ca to determine whether your phone is compatible and for information on this and all other types of alerts.

About Emergency Preparedness Week
Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

This year, the theme is “Be Emergency Ready” and is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. Through the "Be Emergency Ready" campaign, residents are encouraged to understand the role they play in being prepared for an emergency and get the knowledge and supplies necessary to better cope during an emergency.

Media contact:
Greg Kanya
Manager, Coquitlam Emergency Management Office
City of Coquitlam