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By: Fraser Valley Marine Society  09-12-2011
Keywords: social services, public safety, Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Week – Saturday, May 1st – Sunday May 9th, 2010

Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and possible consequences for whatever emergency we might face – whether natural or human-induced.

The 15th annual Emergency Preparedness Week May 2-8, 2010 (Mission is starting one day early on May 1st), encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need.  This special week is a national effort of municipal and provincial emergency management organizations, coordinated through Public safety Canada.

We encourage you to contact Laurel, our Emergency Social Services Director, for more information and to visit the special events we are hosting on Mission’s Emergency Preparedness Day and throughout Emergency Preparedness Week to learn about our communities emergency response.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.  It is important to:

  • Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
  • Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do
  • Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies.  We may need to get by without power or tap water.  Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

These three simple steps will better prepare you and your family to face a range of emergencies.

During Emergency Preparedness week Mission’s Emergency Planning Committee encourages you to take concrete actions to be better prepared.  We all have a role to play.  Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better – both during and after a major disaster.  Make your emergency plan now – it can make a world of difference.

Please join us for the following activities

!Saturday, May 1st

Emergency Preparedness Day

Emergency Preparedness Day will be our community’s main event where information and displays will take you through the phases of Emergencies or Disasters.

Emergency Preparedness Day activities will be located in the North Arena and parking lot of the Mission Leisure Centre, 7650 Grand Street.


Come and learn what you can do to play your part, “Emergency Preparedness is Everyone’s Responsibility.” Many agencies will be on hand to help you with any questions you have on creating your own emergency plan. Learn what their role in an emergency is and how you may want to become involved.


Emergency Responders – Fire, Police, Ambulance are the ones that usually first come to mind but there are many more… come and see all the emergency vehicles and meet the responders who dedicate themselves to your safety and well-being.


After the initial emergency has ended, the long and sometimes difficult road to rebuilding lives and communities begins.  This year we have invited several organizations who help and support communities close to home and throughout the world.

The following agencies will be attending this event and we thank them for their participation!

BC Ambulance Service

BC Housing

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

London Drugs – Operation Family Identification

Lower Mainland Emergency Pet Services

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mission Emergency Radio Communications

Mission Emergency Social Services

Mission Fire/Rescue Service

Mission Morning Rotary Club – Shelter Box

Mission RCMP

Mission Search and Rescue

The Salvation Army

Wildfire Management

Emergency Preparedness Week Activities

Session Date:  Monday, May 03, 2010

Time 7:00-9:00 pm

Cost: $5.00 Registration Fee (to register see Spring Leisure Guide)

Program Name: Emergency Preparedness Workshop

With: Mission Emergency Social Services

72 hours – Is your family prepared?  This workshop covers the basic supplies you will need, utilities, and communication after an emergency.  Lots of handouts and little tips to help you Get Prepared. You will leave this workshop knowing what to do!

Session Date:  Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Time:  6:30-8:00 pm

Cost:  $5.00 registration fee per family (to register see Spring Leisure Guide)

Program Name:  Hug-A-Tree and Survive

With: Mission Search and Rescue

This is an RCMP and search and rescue initiative that helps lost children survive in the woods.  This proactive, preventative program teaches children invaluable outdoor survival lessons. Along with Hug-A-Tree, Sid will go over Ski and Snowboard Etiquette.

Parents are encouraged to attend. Certificate will be awarded to each child.

Session Date:  Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Time:  5:00–7:00 pm – drop in

Cost: Free

Program: Emergency Radio Communications in Disaster

With: Mission Emergency Radio Communications

Come and learn about the tried and true communication system that we may rely on in an emergency when all regular communication is interrupted.  Find out how you can become a part of this vital service for our community. Hands on demonstrations. Please drop in!

Session Date:  Thursday, May 06, 2010

Time:  6:30 – 9:00pm

Cost: $20.00 to cover Field Manual and $5.00 Registration Fee (to register see Spring Leisure Guide)

Program:  BC Housing’s Rapid Damage Assessment

The purpose of this training is to provide organizations, communities and individuals with quality training in safe and effective building assessment used for residential or emergency accommodation purposes following a natural disaster such as an earthquake, flood or windstorm.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Social Services, public safety, social services

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