Are you ready? Pledge to Prepare during Emergency Preparedness Week

"Are YOU ready?" asks the City of Ottawa.

Do you have an emergency preparedness kit?

Do you know what should be included in a first aid kit?

Are your children informed on how to use 9-1-1?

Do you know what a "family documents" kit should contain, and how useful it can be?

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and especially when we least expect it. Being properly prepared means being ready to cope for the first 72 hours of an emergency, while those in urgent need are helped first. Being prepared can also make these situations less stressful for you and your family. Being prepared does not have to take a lot of time, or money, but it does have to start somewhere!

You can start by participating in the City of Ottawa's Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week). This year, EP Week is being celebrated May 5-11, 2013, and we are asking that the residents of the Rideau Goulbourn area take action!

This week during Emergency Preparedness Week get the whole family involved and take the 'Pledge to Prepare – do one thingchallenge! By committing to doing just one thing each of the seven days of Emergency Preparedness Week you will be well on your way to having a solid plan that will help you and your family cope with an emergency.

The City of Ottawa encourages you to document your actions and share your photos, successes and stories with others through twitter @ottawacity using hashtag #areyouready. You can also send your stories by e-mail to areyouready@ottawa.ca.

Throughout the week, City staff and volunteers will host free information displays about the Are You Ready program at various locations. For locations and tips go to ottawa.ca/areyouready.

The City of Ottawa is ready - are YOU?