Getting prepared for emergencies at Sto:lo Nation in Chilliwack

It's the second year of hosting a community event as a way of highlighting emergency preparedness week with partners

  • May. 6, 2015 6:00 a.m.
Chilliwack Fire Department is one of the agencies that will be on display at the Emergency Preparedness Day event at Sto:lo Nation Saturday

Chilliwack Fire Department is one of the agencies that will be on display at the Emergency Preparedness Day event at Sto:lo Nation Saturday

Everyone is welcome to check out Emergency Preparedness Day in Chilliwack at Sto:lo Nation grounds on May 9.

This is the second year they’re holding a community event to talk about emergency preparedness, said Samantha Bisaillon, lands officer at Tzeachten First Nation.

“It’s to promote awareness,” she said.

This year they teamed up with City of Chilliwack and Sto:lo Nation for the public event this Saturday that will feature presentations, equipment to check out, door prizes and a free lunch.

There will be presentations on getting prepared to survive a disaster on individual and neighbourhood basis.

Stations include:

• Search & Rescue

• Chilliwack Fire Department

• RCMP

• St. Johns Ambulance

• Salvation Army

• Fraser Health

• Emergency Social Services

• Amateur Radio

It’s just in time for Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada May 3-9.

“This week marks the 20th annual Emergency Preparedness Week, and this year’s theme is ‘Know the Risks. Reduce them Together,'” said Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, in a statement:

“Preparing for an emergency is something that everyone has a responsibility to do.

“This year, Canadians are encouraged to learn about the specific risks and hazards in their regions, and the actions they can take before an emergency to help reduce the impact of a disaster.”

See more www.getprepared.ca.

Emergency Preparedness Day in Chilliwack, May 9 at Sto:lo Nation, 7201 Vedder Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 604-846-4888

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