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Emergency Preparedness Week May 6 to 12, 2018: “Be Emergency Ready”

For immediate release: May 4, 2018 - 10:59am
FR18-106

The Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) encourages residents to take steps to Be Emergency Ready during Emergency Preparedness Week, May 6 to 12.

“Everyone has a role to play in emergency preparedness,” says Pamela Goulden-McLeod, Director of Emergency Planning. “Making sure your household is well-prepared helps to reduce stress in the event of an emergency.”

Emergency Notification Tests

Wednesday, May 9 at 1:55 p.m.

Canada Alert Ready

  • This is the first test of this system.
  • The Canada Alert Ready test will be sent via Canadian radio and TV, cable and satellite operators. Emergency alerts will also be sent to compatible wireless devices connected to LTE networks.
  • Residents do not have to sign-up for Canada Alert Ready emergency notifications.
  • Visit alertready.ca for more information.

Thursday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Citywide notifynow test  

  • Tested twice a year, notifynow is a trusted, timely and targeted emergency notification system for the residents of Saskatoon that plays an essential part in reaching residents in instances of emergency.
  • Should you receive a notifynow message - you’ll know what to do, where to go and what to expect.
  • Tell us how to best reach you in the event of a large-scale emergency, or one affecting only your neighbourhood. Sign-up for this free service to customize your preferred communication method and profile.
  • Visit saskatoon.ca/notifynow for more information.

In addition to the two emergency tests next week, Saskatoon EMO emphasizes the importance of personal preparedness through these three steps: know the risks, make a plan, and get a kit.

Emergency Preparedness Week began in 1996 and is an annual, national event coordinated by Public Safety Canada.  The week highlights the importance of personal preparedness and raises awareness of the importance of having an emergency kit, making an emergency plan, and identifying risks that may be specific to a region.

Saskatoon residents wanting to learn more about personal emergency preparedness may call Saskatoon EMO at 306-975-3210 or visit saskatoon.ca/notifynow.