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Fort Macleod urged to be ‘emergency ready’

Fort Macleod residents are urged this week to prepared for any emergency situation.
The theme of Canada’s 23rd annual Emergency Preparedness Week is “Be Emergency Ready.”
“This week is . . . an opportunity to remind Canadians to be prepared for any emergency situation that may occur in their community,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.
“This year’s theme underscores the importance of being proactive in ensuring you and your family’s readiness.”
Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada is May 6-12.
Goodale noted the first wireless public alerting tests will be issued.
“This expansion of the national public alerting system will help ensure Canadians have potentially life-saving alerts at their fingertips in the event of an emergency,” Goodale said.
Goodale encouraged Canadians to visit the Alert Ready Web site to check their smartphone’s compatibility and learn more about what do to when they receive an alert.
“This week is also a time to commend the tremendous work done by our first responders and emergency management professionals and volunteers,” Goodale added.
In December the federal government launched the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award to recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals and groups in the emergency management field, including search and rescue.
“While emergencies and disasters have become increasingly more frequent, Canada has strengthened its resolve to ensure a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach to emergency management,” Goodale said.
“This Emergency Preparedness week, I encourage all Canadians to take action to be emergency ready . . . Emergency management is a shared responsibility, and together, we are building a safer and more resilient Canada.”
People are urged to prepare a family emergency plan and pack a 72-hour kit.
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency suggests including the following items in your kit.
Food and water
Prepare a three-day supply of non-perishables per person that includes: protein or granola bars; trail mix and dried fruit; crackers and cereals; canned meat, fish and beans; canned juice; four litres of water per person with small bottles to carry with you.
Bedding and clothing
Pack a change of clothing such as short- and long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and undergarments; raincoat and emergency poncho or jacket; spare shoes; sleeping bags, blankets and emergency heat blankets; plastic and cloth sheets.
Light and fuel
Pack a hand-cranked flashlight or battery-operated flashlights and lamps; extra batteries; flares; candles; lighter; waterproof matches.
Equipment
Pack a manual can opener; dishes and utensils; shovel; radio (with spare batteries or hand-operated crank; pen and paper; axe and pocket knife; rope; duct tape; whistle; cellphone charger; basic tools
A small stove with fuel is also recommended.
Personal supplies
The agency recommends packing a first-aid kit; toiletries including toilet paper, feminine hygiene products and a toothbrush; cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer and dish soap; medication including acetaminophen, ibuprofen and children’s medication; and a three-day supply of prescription medication.
Also pack pet food and supplies; garbage bags and toys and reading material.
Copies of personal documents and money should be packed in a waterproof container, along with legal documents such as birth and marriage certificates, wills, passports, contracts; insurance policies; cash in small bills; credit cards; prepaid phone cards; and a copy of your emergency plan and contact information.
People are also encouraged to keep ready-to-go kit items in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase, in an accessible place, such as a front hall closet.
In the ready-to-go kit, pack four litres of water for each person; food that you don’t have to keep cold; a manual can opener; plastic or paper plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons; flashlight and extra batteries; a change of clothes; a card with emergency contact information and the number of someone to call who lives out of town; pet food and supplies for at least three days; a small first aid kit; personal ID card; personal hygiene items, soap, hand sanitizer.
Store medicine you usually take near your ready-to-go kit.
Update your kits every six months to make sure that food, water, and medication are not expired, clothing fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date, and batteries are charged.

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