Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This year's theme is Plan-Prepare-Be Aware. It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.
Have a Plan, Be Prepared, Stay Informed
The Office of Emergency Management has launched a new "Get Emergency Ready" guide with steps on how residents can protect themselves, their loved ones and their property in the event of an emergency.
Public safety is an important element of special event planning. The City of Toronto suggests that all organizers who have events on public and private property, or engage City services must include in their event designs various methods for mitigating and managing risks associated with their event. Find out more about planning for your event.
During an emergency, residents who live in highrise buildings may: be forced to evacuate, asked to stay inside (shelter in place), or experience power outages for extended periods of time.
The Office of Emergency Management has produced a "Get Emergency Ready High-rise Living" guide with steps on how these residents can protect themselves, their loved ones and their property in the event of an emergency.
The guide has been translated into 10 different languages in addition to English!
The provincial theme this year is “Emergency Preparedness starts with you, Prepare YourSelfie!” which focuses on personal preparedness.
“Prepare YourSelfie” engages Ontarians in emergency preparedness, raising the importance of accountability and action in a fun and interactive way. Ontarians will be encouraged to ‘prepare their selfie,’ and share it via social media.
Don't forget the hashtag #PrepareYourSelfie.
Learn how you can prepare to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours after an emergency. "Get Emergency Ready"
In an ongoing effort to help Toronto businesses prepare for potential emergencies, the Office of Emergency Management is pleased to provide a guide to business continuity planning - available for download here.
As part of our ongoing efforts to help the public prepare for emergencies, the Office of Emergency Management is developing a Business Partners Exchange portal to assist business in proactively preparing for emergencies by providing resources for organizations.
The Office of Emergency Management coordinates the City's response when people are displaced from their homes and require such emergency services as shelter, food, clothing, registration and personal services.
Emergencies are a fact of life. They occur in communities and cities around the world, and they have the potential to put your health, safety and security at risk. There are simple steps you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.
Information and community preparedness presentations are available to groups throughout Toronto, through a partnership between the City's Office of Emergency Management and the Canadian Red Cross.