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May 2, 2015
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Help every member of the family get prepared for an emergency
Environment, Labour and Justice
“It is important that all Islanders get prepared for an emergency by learning the risks, making a plan and preparing an emergency kit,” said Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator Tanya Mullally. “If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach Islanders in need of help, so everyone should be ready to take care of themselves and their family members for a minimum of 72 hours.”
Families with young children should be aware that children can experience acute stress in an emergency. Help them prepare by asking them to help pack an emergency kit, and take time to talk with them about potential emergency situations and what to do when they occur.
Islanders with mobility limitations should prepare an emergency kit with supplies for their mobility equipment. For example, those who use a wheelchair may want to include a tire patch kit and heavy gloves, in case an evacuation is required.
“Island seniors have a role to play in being prepared for emergency. Seniors are encouraged to make an emergency plan that includes details about health care requirements and contact information for family and friends,” said Mary Hughes, Chairperson of the Seniors' Secretariat.
“All Islanders can help in an emergency by calling their neighbours to ask how they are doing and if they require any help.” This Emergency Preparedness Week, the PEI Emergency Measures Organization has partnered with PEI Humane Society, the PEI Seniors Secretariat and the PEI Council of Persons with Disabilities to share emergency preparedness tips for every member of the family.
Follow the PEI Public Safety on Facebook and Twitter @PEIPublicSafety for preparedness tips throughout the week, or learn more about preparing for an emergency by downloading the PEI Emergency Measures Organization’s Your Emergency Preparedness Guide at www.peipublicsafety.ca or call 902-368-6629 to request a copy.