Hello. This is Ralph Goodale. As Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, I’m very pleased to draw attention to our 22nd annual “Emergency Preparedness Week”.
The theme is: “Plan – Prepare – Be Aware” … a reminder that we all need to be prepared to deal with the unexpected.
We can learn from past emergencies … to become more resilient.
In this Canada150 anniversary year, our country is continuing to learn from our history to improve our emergency management. Federal, provincial and territorial Ministers will be meeting later this month in St. John’s to advance our collective emergency management strategy.
We work best when we work well together. And together, we want a stronger focus on prevention and mitigation.
Think of that “beast” of a wildfire that was ripping through Fort McMurray exactly one year ago.
Think of the ice storm last winter in Atlantic Canada and floods this spring in several places across the country.
All the product of more frequent and more severe weather events. And they often start so quickly, without warning.
That’s why we’re putting together a coherent national plan.
Part of it is an investment of more than $2-billion in modern infrastructure to deal more effectively with disaster mitigation.
Part of it is the re-establishment of federal funding for All-Hazard Emergency Response Teams …
… and for HazMat training for firefighters …
… and a Special Federal Benefit to help the families of First Responders who give their lives in the line of duty, protecting their fellow citizens.
At a local or individual level, “being prepared” can be as simple as having an emergency kit in your home and your car … creating a family emergency plan … and becoming aware of the hazards in your neighbourhood.
For more information and good ideas go to: GetPrepared.ca
On another front, I’m pleased to see the launch of “Alert Ready” - a public awareness campaign led by Pelmorex Media, the owners of The Weather Network.
Alert Ready is designed to build awareness about public alerting, helping everyone to prepare for emergencies and mitigate their impact.
Every disaster is different, but they all have one thing in common. That’s the amazing men and women who work every day to keep Canadians safe.
Emergency Preparedness Week is a perfect time to recognize their service and to say thank you … to all First Responders, community volunteers and emergency management professionals.
Emergency management is our shared responsibility. We all need to take it seriously.
Please make sure you and your family are protected.
Join the conversation online, and visit GetPrepared.ca