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National Emergency Preparedness Week kicks off today

This year's theme is to be ready for anything, and residents of Waterloo Region are encouraged to refresh their 72-hour emergency kits and plans
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Emergency preparedness

National Emergency Preparedness Week begins today and runs until May 8. Local municipalities, emergency services, and utility companies are taking this time to ensure Waterloo Region residents are ready for anything.

“As we all continue to navigate through the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic, being ready for anything has been the constant,” said Manager of Emergency Management with the Region of Waterloo, Diane Schofield, in a news release.

The Emergency Management team is encouraging everyone to do a "spring refresh of their 72-hour emergency kits, update family emergency plans," and to practice those plans whenever possible. "Being prepared will make all the difference when lightning strikes," Schofield said. 

In a video on preparing a 72 hour emergency kit, Wilmot Police Chief Rod Leeson notes that a kit should have plenty of water - about half a case of water per person for 72 hours - as well as canned food, energy bars, dried foods (and don't forget the can opener!), toiletries, medication, and food and water for pets. However, he notes these are just the bare necessities. 

This week's events include virtual information sessions and an aerial fire truck tour and Q&A with the fire department.


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