Town looks to raise awareness for residents.
Beginning yesterday, the Town of Stony Plain began observing Emergency Preparedness Week as officially proclaimed by Mayor William Choy. The week is intended to serve as a reminder to residents on the importance of being prepared for unforeseen emergency situations.
"Sometimes, it seems disasters only occur on the news, but this couldn't be further from the truth," says Mayor Choy in a release. "Lare catastrophic events occur regularly in our own backyards. Massive fires in Wood Buffalo and flooding in Southern Alberta remind us we are not immune for disasters."
Mayor Choy goes on to say the town has done work to prepare for, respond to and recover from events similar to these disasters should they occur.
The Town notes the first 72 hours of a disaster can usually be the most dangerous, due to a lack of help or resources, so residents may be inclined to take preventative steps such as creating a 72-Hour kit for their home and their own family emergency plan.
"These are simple, low cost, and low-tech ways residents can ensure their families make it through that crirtical 72-hour period. Resilience is a by-product of preparedness; this will help our community if disaster strikes," adds Stony Plain Fire Chief Trevor Mistal in the same release.
To end the week, the town is holding family-friendly Emergency Preparedness Day Activities this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park. This includes a vehicular extraction demonstration performed by the Stony Plain Fire Department at Noon and the RCMP Helicopter landing in the area.
Mayor Choy's official proclamation is below:
WHERE AS Emergency Preparedness Week is to be held across Canada from May 6-12, 2018; and
WHERE AS the Town of Stony Plain recognizes the importance of emergency preparedness for all of our residents; and
WHERE AS it is in the public’s interest to raise citizens’ awareness in becoming prepared to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of a disaster by increasing personal preparedness; and
WHERE AS unforeseen events such as extreme weather, fire, floods, air, road or rail accidents, utility failures, hazardous spills, or terrorism can occur quickly and without warning, and understanding these risks helps each one of us to be better prepared; and
WHERE AS emergency preparedness is a responsibility shared by all individuals, business and levels of government, and to make our community more resilient to emergencies and disasters we must prepare ourselves; and
WHERE AS the Town of Stony Plain, on behalf of all citizens, recognizes all involved in emergency preparedness, response and recovery which include: public works, fire, police, ambulance, schools, non-government organizations, hospitals, health organizations, civic groups, local media and volunteers; and
WHERE AS Emergency Preparedness Week is declared annually to increase public awareness of how everyone can improve their personal preparedness to better cope with emergencies and disasters; Therefore, I, Mayor William Choy do hereby proclaim to support Emergency Preparedness Week to be held form May 6-12, 2018 in the Town of Stony Plain.