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Emergency Preparedness Public Information Sessions

Post Date:04/29/2019 10:00 AM

Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat will be hosting information sessions as part of Emergency Preparedness Week.

Public evacuations can be one of the most stressful events for the community during an emergency event. It can be especially hard for people with vulnerabilities, who are the most likely to experience adverse impacts.

The City’s Emergency Management team has partnered with the Advisory Committee on Disability Issues to provide information that will help build emergency preparedness.

“This information is critical for residents to know and understand,” said Merrick Brown, Director of HSE and Emergency Management. “We need everyone to know what to expect if an emergency evacuation is required.”

The public information sessions will be held during Emergency Preparedness Week, a national awareness initiative which began in 1996.

“These information sessions are designed to educate on how to properly prepare if an emergency evacuation occurs,” said Leslie Jerry, Community Inclusion Coordinator. “Being prepared means having both the knowledge and resources you need, ready to go at a moment’s notice.”

“Whether you rely on specialized equipment, medication, or have any other kind of special need, it is particularly important to be prepared in the event of an emergency,” said Duane Burr, chair of the Advisory Committee on Disability Issues.

The information sessions will take place on Tuesday, May 7 at the Veiner Centre, 225 Woodman Avenue, at the following times:

  • 3:00 – 4:30
  • 5:30 – 7:00
  • 7:30 – 9:00

The sessions are free and open to the public. People living with disabilities, seniors and newcomers to Canada are also encouraged to attend.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Merrick Brown
Director, HSE & Emergency Management
City of Medicine Hat
403.525.8686

Leslie Jerry
Community Inclusion Coordinator
City of Medicine Hat
403.502.8086

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