Police promoting importance of emergency preparedness

Ashley Thompson
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Emergency management organizations are banding together for Police Week to demonstrate the importance of thinking ahead.

The Windsor District RCMP and West Hants Regional Emergency Management Organizations are partnering with various local groups offering public safety services to create a family-friendly display that will drive home an important point.

The focus of the event is to inform people of all ages of the benefits of having a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit on hand at home.

“Everybody should have some sort of emergency kit available in their house that they can sustain themselves for 72 hours in the event of an emergency,” said Staff Sgt. Dan Austin, district commander of the Windsor RCMP.

The public display, including several emergency services vehicles and resources sure to peak the interest of passersby, will be stationed in the parking lot of the Fort Edward Plaza, off Empire Lane in Windsor, from 4-9 p.m. May 14. Police Week runs from May 11-17.

Austin says the Windsor RCMP generally host an open house at the Morison Drive detachment for Police Week, but they decided to take the show on the road this time in hopes of reaching a larger audience.

“We really want to get the families out this year,” he said, noting that there will be a barbecue on site.

Displays will be set up inside the former Hart Store building in the event of inclement weather.

According to the Government of Canada’s website, emergency kits, including such items as food, water and flashlights, should be stored in a location that is easily accessible in the dark.

“Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front hall closet,” the website states.

The federal government’s Get Prepared instructions state that a basic emergency kit should include such items as: canned food, energy bars, a manual can opener, extra batteries, a battery-powered of wind-up radio, first aid kit, a daily supply of two litres of water per person, medications, some smaller bills, extra keys for the house and car, and an emergency plan with contact information.

 

Organizations: West Hants Regional Emergency Management Organizations, Empire Lane, Hart Store

Geographic location: Fort Edward Plaza, Canada

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