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Frequently asked questions

What is Emergency Preparedness Week?

Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is an annual, national event that takes place during the first full week of May. The main objective is to increase awareness about individual preparedness. All EP Week activities reinforce the idea that we can reduce the risks and lessen the consequences of a disaster by being better prepared.

Who participates in Emergency Preparedness Week?
All provinces and territories participate. Governments, first responders (police officers, firefighters, paramedics, etc), emergency management officers, private industry, universities and non-governmental organizations all plan activities for EP Week.

How did the idea of Emergency Preparedness Week come about?
The federal, provincial and territorial governments adopted the concept of EP Week in 1995 as a means of promoting activities that would increase the capacity of individuals and groups to resist the effects of major disasters. The first Emergency Preparedness Week took place in 1996.

How can I participate in Emergency Preparedness Week activities?
Check this site from time to time for information about activities in your community
or contact your local emergency management organization. Individuals or families can make their own emergency plan and assemble emergency kits. You can also become a volunteer member of a social agency or emergency response organization (look in the Blue Pages of your telephone directory under "Safety" or "Emergency").

Can I reproduce material that I find on this site?
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