Abbotsford families learn how to prepare for an emergency

Members of police, fire rescue, search and rescue gathered in Mill Lake Part to teach families about emergency preparedness

Gurjap learns about the what role Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue plays from Jerry Haak and James Roe during kick-off to Emergency Preparedness Week event at Mill Lake Park on Sunday.

Gurjap learns about the what role Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue plays from Jerry Haak and James Roe during kick-off to Emergency Preparedness Week event at Mill Lake Park on Sunday.

Families learned how to prepare for emergencies at a free event at Mill Lake Park on Sunday, May 5.

Members of the Abbotsford Emergency Program, Fire Rescue Service, Abbotsford Police Department, Salvation Army, BC Ambulance Service, CFV Search and Rescue, St. John Ambulance and Emergency Radio Communications Service were on site at Mill Lake Park providing residents with life saving skills and information in the event of an emergency.

The event was geared towards all ages, taking a fun and interactive approach to emergency awareness and preparedness. The event featured a bouncy castle, crafts, games, Central Valley Search and Rescue hover craft demonstrations, face painting, a hotdog lunch, prize wheels and a passport challenge that encouraged participants to have fun while making their family’s emergency plan a priority.

The event kicked off Emergency Preparedness Week, which runs from May 5 to 11.

For more information contact the Abbotsford Emergency Preparedness Program office at 604-853-3566 or epo@abbotsford.ca.