Mayor Bryan McGillis of South Stormont Ontario Invites Residents to Take the Emergency Preparedness Challenge – May 3, 2011

South Stormont ON – Mayor Bryan McGillis invites the community to get prepared by Taking the Challenge.  The Emergency Preparedness Challenge is a provincial initiative that encourages all Ontarians to learn more about being prepared.  The Challenge takes place throughout the month of May coinciding with Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1-7, 2011.

“I am very excited that our community is participating in this great initiative,” said Mayor McGillis.

The Emergency Preparedness Challenge starts April 29th and will end on May 31st  2011 and individuals can take part in the Challenge by visiting www.ontario.ca/beprepared or www.southstormont.ca The Challenge will have three categories of entry: children, youth and adults; and will consist of answering five, age-appropriate multiple-choice questions.  The Challenge is open to all residents of Ontario ages seven and older.

“Emergency preparedness is very important,” said Betty de Haan, Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the Township of South Stormont. “Our eventual goal is to ensure that every household in South Stormont is prepared with a 72 hour emergency survival kit and a household emergency plan.”

Emergency Preparedness Week is a Canada-wide initiative to increase awareness about individual and family preparedness.  One of the goals of Emergency Preparedness Week is to teach the public how to reduce the risks and consequences of an emergency by being better prepared.  Throughout the week, Ontario residents are encouraged to identify and learn about risks in their communities and how they can protect themselves.

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