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Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week), May 5 - 11

Now 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.

26 Weeks to Emergency Preparedness Tips

This helpful tip sheet, 26 Weeks to Emergency Preparedness describes 26 actions that you and your family can undertake, one at a time, over the course of 26 weeks. ​Once they are all completed, you will have all the ​necessary supplies for you and your family's basic needs to take care of yourselves for 72 hours following an emergency or disaster.

Purchase Emergency Preparedness Supplies - May 8, 2019

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.

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:

  • Pack a grab and go kit;
  • Drop, cover and hold on; and
  • Identify an out-of-area-contact and complete contact cards for all family members.
    • Arrange an out-of-area contact person and make sure each family member has that person’s numbers with them all the time by completing an out-of-area contact card. Choose an emergency contact who lives outside our province who will not be affected by a major event, such as an earthquake. Try text messaging, email or social media to communicate before calling your emergency contact because in an emergency, local phone and mobile networks could be overwhelmed or unavailable. When you reach your emergency contact, tell them how you are and where you plan to be; ask who else has checked in; advise when you will check in again; and remember to keep the call short, as others will be trying to call their emergency contacts.

Alert Ready Emergency Alert System Testing - May 8

Local emergency officials will conduct ​a test of the ​province's wireless alert system on ​May 8 at 1:55 p.m. 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. Visit www.alertready.ca to determine whether your phone is compatible and for information on this and all other types of alerts.

Emergencies and disasters can occur anywhere, at any time. It could be anything from an earthquake, to a flood, to a severe winter storm. In the event of a major disaster, you and your family should be able to take care of your basic needs for at least 72 hours.

We encourage everyone to prepare their personal or family emergency plan, and have an emergency kit ready that includes basic supplies as well as special needs items. Always maintain a ¼ tank of gas in your vehicle and keep a flashlight and hard-soled shoes beside each family member’s bed so evacuation in the dark, at night during an emergency is easier to navigate.

Preparedness Training Sessions - ​Be a Hero, Be Prepared

The City of Coquitlam’s Emergency Management Office offers HEROS Community Emergency Preparedness training to help you become better prepared at home.

Watch for these sessions in your community, or request a course for your community group by contacting 604-927-6434 or emergencyprogram@coquitlam.ca.

For preparedness tips, visit our Preparedness Information page.

Emergency Program Office

Phone: 604-927-6438
Email: EmergencyProgram@coquitlam.ca