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Learn to be ready for emergencies at work and home May 4-10

Ottawa, ON -- Emergency Preparedness Week, May 4-10, 2003, is an annual event created in 1996 that is dedicated to...


May 1, 2003
By MRO Magazine

Ottawa, ON — Emergency Preparedness Week, May 4-10, 2003, is an annual event created in 1996 that is dedicated to raising Canadians’ awareness of the importance of planning ahead and preparing for potential emergencies.

The special week is organized by a civilian organization within the Department of National Defence, the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP). It provides national leadership in both the protection of Canada’s critical infrastructure and the enhancement of emergency management in Canada.

Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility and it is up to each and every Canadian to learn what to do before, during and after an emergency situation. Over the course of their lives, many Canadians will have to face severe weather, fire, flood, or other unforeseen events that will affect their quality of life and leave a lasting memory. Although many of these risks are related to natural hazards beyond our control, there are ways to reduce the potential consequences.

Everyone needs to understand the risks inherent to where we live, study and work, and undertake actions to reduce those risks. In this way, we can limit the extent to which an emergency affects us and potentially prevent it from escalating into a full-blown disaster.


This year’s Emergency Preparedness Week will take place from May 4 to 10, 2003. The theme is “Prepare Now! Learn How!” It serves as a call to action and emphasizes the importance of learning what steps can be taken to improve preparedness levels at home, at school, and in the workplace.

New to the eighth EP Week is a thematic approach – one that will provide a more focused framework for each day’s awareness activities. The themes will include the following:

– Sunday May 4 will be the National Launch of EP Week 2003. The day’s subject-matter will include a general education of Canada’s Emergency Management System and pertain to general preparedness messaging.

– Monday May 5 will be School/Youth Preparedness Day. Activities and discussions will include and be centered on day care center and school preparedness, youth personal preparedness, hacking deterrence, etc.

– Tuesday May 6 will be Natural Hazard Preparedness Day. Activities and discussions will be centered on preparedness for severe weather, earthquakes, floods, winter storms, storm surges, tornadoes, etc.

– Wednesday May 7 will be Emergency Preparedness for Special Audiences Day. Activities and discussions will be centered on preparedness for seniors, disabled people, minority language groups, high density populations, rural area populations, etc.

– Thursday May 8 will be Mitigation Day. Activities and discussions will include such things as hazard proofing your home, business continuity planning, urban planning and cyber protection. You will learn what mitigation is, why it is important and how it can help you, your organization and your community.

– Friday May 9 will be dedicated to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Preparedness. Activities and discussions will include preparedness in case of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident, pandemic or other disease preparedness, hazardous substance releases or terrorism.

– Saturday May 10 will be Community Preparedness and Volunteer Appreciation Day, where you can learn about the roles and responsibilities of your local first responders and how you could help make your neighborhood, community and country safer by becoming an emergency services volunteer.

OCIPEP works through partnerships with all levels of government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to enhance the capacity of Canadian communities, businesses and governments to manage risks to their physical and cyber environments. A number of self-help emergency preparedness brochures and fact sheets are available on its website at