What would you do if you didn’t have gas, electricity or telephones after a major emergency such as a blackout or a severe storm? Emergencies can happen quickly and without warning. Are you and your family prepared?
The week of May 6 to 12 is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada. The Region of Peel, in partnership with the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon, can advise you on how to prepare for emergencies at free information sessions. Bring your whole family to these fun and interactive educational events and learn about how to develop a personal/family emergency plan and what to include in a seven-day Personal/Family Emergency Kit. The sessions will take place as follow:
- Brampton – Cassie Campbell Community Centre, Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Mississauga – Peel Regional Police Airport Division BBQ: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Tuesday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Mississauga – Erin Mills Town Centre, Saturday, May 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Caledon – Wal-Mart (Bolton), Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 from 1 to 9 p.m.
“Personal emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility and it will make a difference when a real emergency occurs,” says Andre Luc Beauregard, Manager of Regional Emergency Management. “It only takes a few simple steps to become better prepared and reduce the impact of emergencies on yourself and your family.”
The Regional emergency preparedness website – peelregion.ca/prep – has many helpful tips and resources on the topic including dos and don’ts during emergencies, historical emergency events in Peel and the role of the Region of Peel during emergencies.
The Peel Regional Emergency Program (PREP) works closely with area municipalities, the provincial government and many community partners to ensure that the Region is a disaster resilient community. PREP is also responsible for maintaining the Region of Peel Emergency Plan which outlines how the Region and its partners will respond to emergencies.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.