Are you Ready? A good question for Emergency Preparedness Week

While it’s always a good idea to be prepared for an emergency, the City of Ottawa is encouraging all residents to take some time during Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1 to 7, to ask themselves the question, “Am I ready?”

The recent outdoor water use ban for Riverside South, Barrhaven and Manotick, issued to maintain safe drinking water, or the boil order experienced by residents in Munster Hamlet as a result of power outages during Thursday’s windstorm, show that we are not immune to potential emergency situations. A personal and home emergency preparedness plan and kit is just as valuable as any other form of insurance that you may hold for your family and dwelling.

Home emergency planning is simple:

- know the risks
- make a plan
- make an emergency kit.

    Your kit should include at least four litres of water per adult, per day for drinking, cooking and washing, for at least a three-day period. Children, nursing mothers and people with special needs will need extra water.

    The City and other levels of government plan for emergencies on an ongoing basis so that they are always ready to respond. However, the responsibility for emergency preparedness starts in the home. When individual residents and their families are ready for an emergency, the City as a whole can respond and recover more quickly.

    To learn more about the City‘s Emergency Management Plan and “Are You Ready?” emergency preparedness program, visit the Emergency Management section of ottawa.ca.

    To learn more about the current outdoor water use ban for Riverside South, Barrhaven and Manotick, and the measures currently in place to lessen the impact to these residents, visit ottawa.ca/waterinfo

    To sign up for volunteer training, contact Nathalie Rochefort of the City’s Office of Emergency Management at 613-580-2424, extension 28078, or by e-mail at Nathalie.Rochefort@ottawa.ca.