Work together for emergency management

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 1 to 7 so this is the time to make your own plan in the event of a disaster. For preparedness, protection, and management we all have a role to play.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency. Have a basic understanding of first aid and safety and ensure that you own an emergency kit.
  • Get familiar with the risks in your area, and the steps you can take to reduce the impact of disasters.
  • Personal preparedness is a key way that individuals can help with the response to emergencies. If most citizens are self-sufficient, first responders and others can focus on assisting those in need.
  • Local fire, police, paramedic, and search and rescue teams are normally the first to respond to an emergency. They are responsible for managing most local emergencies as part of the municipal emergency plan.
  • Non-profit and non-government organizations (NGOs) play very important roles in emergency management, including disaster prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Every province and territory has an emergency management organization (EMO), which manages large-scale emergencies and provides assistance to municipal or community response teams as required. EMOs fulfill an important role in support of first responders and municipalities.
  • Federal departments and agencies support provincial or territorial EMOs as requested. They also manage emergencies that involve areas of federal jurisdiction, such as nuclear safety, national defence and border security. (Source: News Canada)

For 39 years, Heart Niagara has been committed to promoting emergency preparedness.  Annually, the non-profit agency trains more than 10,000 people a year in CPR and AED use. The ability to perform CPR and to know how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) can increase a person’s odds of survival and recovery.

Although the majority of Canadians say they would recognize the signs if someone were experiencing a heart attack, fewer than half say they know how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“It’s extremely, extremely easy to learn how to do CPR,” said Anita Fiorentino, lead CPR, AED and first aid instructor at Heart Niagara.

Get trained and be prepared for an emergency! CPR, first aid and AED training sessions are regularly available to community groups, schools, corporate clients, families and individuals.

For more information or to register for an upcoming training session, please call 905-358-5552 or email


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