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Municipality recognizes Emergency Preparedness Week with launch of new Community Emergency Guides

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(Fort McMurray, AB – May 7, 2019) – May 5-11 is recognized nationally as Emergency Preparedness Week 2019; in correlation, the Municipality is excited to announce the launch of its new Community Emergency Guides developed by Regional Emergency Services.

This year’s Emergency Preparedness Week theme is Be Emergency Ready. The Community Emergency Guides aim to assist resident with easy to understand information on home and personal emergency preparedness.

“The launch of our Community Emergency Guides is a great step for emergency preparedness locally, as they address the needs of each community across the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo,” says Perry Gillam, Deputy Chief of Professional Services. “Copies of the Community Emergency Guides will be delivered to residents’ homes starting mid-May by RES personnel. We encourage residents to review the guide annually with your family and keep it in a place where it can be easily accessed.”

The guides are designed to be unique for each community and include guidance on dealing with the likely hazards that have been identified in different geographical areas across the region.

Emergency Preparedness Week encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies: know the risks, make a plan and get an emergency kit.

“This Emergency Preparedness Week we are encouraging residents to further educate themselves on how to prepare their homes and family in the case of an emergency or hazard,” says Scott Davis, Director of Emergency Management. “Emergency prevention, preparedness and response are responsibilities we all share within the region.”

Residents looking for a sample of the Community Emergency Guides, more information on emergency preparedness or tips on creating a 72-hour emergency kit can find out more at: