Public Safety

Be prepared for emergencies (09/05/07)

NB 643

May 7, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency. That's the focus of Emergency Preparedness Week, which is taking place this week throughout the country.

"We need to be ready for any potential threat to our safety, from storms and floods to security issues and disease," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran. "With the current monitoring of H1N1 influenza, this is an ideal time to remind people of the importance of being prepared."

New Brunswick government departments are working closely with the Department of Health, other governments and the private sector in monitoring the H1N1 outbreak, and making all necessary preparations in the event of a pandemic.

Different situations call for different levels of preparedness. In preparation for influenza, people should ensure that they have ample food, medications and other supplies for a seven-day period. Residents may learn more about H1N1 influenza by visiting http://www.gnb.ca/flu. The site contains important information on the flu, routine precautions, and travel advisories.

New Brunswickers may also visit www.getprepared.ca for practical information on how to take care of themselves and their families before, during and after an emergency. The site contains information on how to make an emergency plan, and prepare an emergency kit for your home. There are also numerous publications which outline preparations you can take for a variety of emergency situations.

"By being prepared, we can help to minimize the effects of any emergency," said Foran. "I encourage all New Brunswickers to know the risks, be prepared, and make a plan to be safe."

Visit www.getprepared.ca to download a copy of the 72-Hour Emergency Guide, and other information.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433.

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