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Emergency Preparedness Week May 5-11 Keep Your Family Safe and Be Prepared

Apr 29, 2013

The City of Mississauga encourages residents to plan ahead and be prepared in the event of an emergency. Learn how you can prepare your family from May 5 to 11 during Emergency Preparedness Week.

"Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time," said Catherine Blair, the City of Mississauga's Emergency Management coordinator. "A home preparedness kit, containing necessary supplies, and a family emergency plan can make the difference in a critical situation and help keep families safe if the need arises. Our Community Day event held at Erin Mills Town Centre on May 5 is a great way to learn how to be prepared."

What:
Emergency Preparedness Week Community Day
The City of Mississauga's Emergency Management Office will host a community event featuring interactive displays, demonstrations, children's activities including an appearance from Buzz the Preparedness Bee at Erin Mills Town Centre:
• Drop in visits from Buzz the Preparedness Bee
• Information on emergency preparedness
• Information on family preparedness from our partner organizations including: Mississauga Animal Services, Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation, Enersource, Mississauga Amateur Radio Club, Peel Regional Emergency Preparedness Program, Salvation Army, St. John Ambulance and Canadian Red Cross are some of the agencies that will be there.

Also, Buzz the Preparedness Bee will be visiting local libraries for story time presentations from May 7 to11. Visit the Emergency Preparedness website for further details.

Who:
Mississauga's Emergency Management Office
Representatives from the Emergency Management Community
Buzz the Preparedness Bee

When:
Sunday, May 5, 2013
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where:
Erin Mills Town Centre
5100 Erin Mills Parkway (Eglinton Avenue and Erin Mills Parkway)
Mississauga, Ontario

Background:
Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that takes place during the first full week of May. It is acknowledged locally through a partnership with Emergency Management Ontario. During Emergency Preparedness Week, activities are organized across Canada to raise awareness of the importance of having an emergency kit, making an emergency plan and identifying risks in your community.

For more information about emergency preparedness in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/emergencymanagement or contact the Emergency Management coordinator, Catherine Blair, at 905-615-3200 ext. 5348.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.






Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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