2023 Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7-13

Annapolis Regional Emergency Management Organization (Annapolis REMO) in recognizes Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is May 7-13. 

This week educates and encourages residents to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies; acknowledging this year’s theme of “Know your Risks”.

“Whether it be a pandemic, flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, or any other natural disaster, working together with community leaders, first responders, non-government organizations and all levels of government can build a more resilient and safer Annapolis County,” said Brian Orde, Annapolis REMO Coordinator.

By taking a few simple steps, people can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.

  • Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to your community and your region can help you be better prepared.
  • Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do.
  • Get Emergency Kit – During an emergency, you will need basic supplies; remember, you may be without power or tap water for a long period of time so be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours so get prepared and build a kit.

During Emergency Preparedness week, everyone is encouraged to take concrete actions to be better prepared. “Please do your part,” said Orde. “Remember should an emergency event occur, please think about those who may need assistance and check on your neighbors, seniors and those most vulnerable in your community.”

A reminder that 2023 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, 2023, and ends on November 30, 2023. As we learned from Fiona in 2022, it only takes one hurricane making landfall to cause a huge disaster and damage our communities.  Knowing what to expect and by taking action to prepare for hurricanes, everyone can reduce the impacts felt by a hurricane.

“Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. Create your own Emergency Kit now - it can make a world of difference.”

For more information on preparing a Home Emergency Plan, and to learn how to prepare for all types of emergencies, visit www.getprepared.ca. Follow Annapolis REMO on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AnnapolisREMO  or Twitter @Annapolis_REMO

A few things to remember:

  • Nova Scotia Wildfire season is March 15th to October 15th. You must check daily to see if it is safe to burn by visiting https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe or call 1-855-564-2876 (BURN).
  • Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June to November. The risk of hurricanes in Nova Scotia is highest during the months of September and October.