Are you prepared for an emergency?
April 13, 2012
Residents are encouraged to attend the "Get prepared, Strathcona!" event on Sunday, April 22 to learn about emergency preparedness, including what to do in an emergency.
The free event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Centre in Sherwood Park. There will be numerous exhibits from organizations that may have a response role in a local disaster.
“Emergencies require people to think fast in a situation that is outside of their comfort zone,” said Mayor Linda Osinchuk. “This event offers expert advice on how to best prepare in order to protect your family during an emergency situation.”
Residents can attend a presentation at 1:15 p.m. to learn how to prepare for the first 72 hours after an emergency. At 2:30 p.m., information will be shared about the new Alberta Emergency Alert system and at 3:15 p.m., Strathcona County Emergency Services will talk about last year's Slave Lake disaster and Strathcona County’s response role.
“Emergencies happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone,” said Assistant Emergency Services Chief Mark Eckley. “Within a 24 hour period, 10,000 residents in Slave Lake were evacuated during the 2011 wildfire that devastated their community. This disaster highlights the importance of individual and community preparedness and why people should attend this informative event.”
During the “Get Prepared, Strathcona!” event, residents will have a chance to take a close look at fire trucks, the incident command post, ambulances and RCMP cruisers. As well, STARS Air Ambulance is scheduled to land at Salisbury Composite High School parking lot from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (subject to availability).
Underground parking is free, during the event only. This event may be cancelled without prior notice should a real disaster occur. More information about the event or call 780-467-5216.
Mayor Linda Osinchuk, 780-464-8000
Karen Tomnuk, Strathcona County Emergency Services, 780-232-9186
Last updated: Friday, April 13, 2012
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