May 3, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency. Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran issued this reminder today in observance of Emergency Preparedness Week, May 2 - 8.
Foran said the need for emergency preparedness was never more apparent than during the past two years, as New Brunswickers dealt with flooding and severe weather.
"This year, although we did not have significant flooding, we saw that homeowners were doing what they needed to do - protect their families, pets, livestock and properties in the event of flooding," Foran said. "Preparedness does not just apply to flooding - it could be any type of natural event such as hurricanes, severe thunder storms or ice storms, not to mention man-made disasters such as spills of hazardous materials."
Foran congratulated those municipalities that have updated their emergency management programs and plans over the past year. He noted that the Department of Public Safety has trained staff and installed Sentinel Systems emergency management software - the same system used by many New Brunswick municipalities.
"Shared systems such as these enable provincial and municipal officials to work more closely together at the regional level in times of crisis and emergency," Foran said.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.