#EmergencyPreparednessWeek; Ontario; floods; fire
Toronto, May 9 (Canadian-Media): The Emergency Preparedness Week, being observed by Ontario from May 5-11, reminds residents to plan ahead for an emergency, media reports said.
Fire. Image credit: climate.nasa.gov
In addition to spring flooding, Ontario has experienced the worst forest fire season on record and six tornados touched down in Ottawa, over the past year, emphasizing the need for Ontarians to learn about emergency preparedness.
"Nobody likes to imagine what would happen if an emergency were to strike their home or community...there are people right now in our communities who have had to leave their homes because of spring flooding. I urge everyone in Ontario to learn what they can do to be prepared to keep themselves and their families safe." said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General of Ontario, in the Legislative Assembly today.
Many professionals in Ontario assist their fellow citizens when emergencies strike.
"On behalf of our government, I express my appreciation and thanks to our fellow citizens who respond when emergencies happen," said Jones. "To the police, paramedics, firefighters, members of the Canadian Forces, staff in the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, municipalities and their staff, and many others, our message today is simple: thank you."