Learn how to prepare for an emergency

Abbotsford Emergency Preparedness Week workshops on May 10

The City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford Emergency Program are geared up to help residents prepare for an emergency during Emergency Preparedness Week from May 6 to 12.

For millions of seniors, fires, floods and disasters such as earthquakes present a real challenge. The amenities that get you through the day, such as power for motorized scooters or oxygen tanks, might not be available.

Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and could result in an evacuation of your home or neighbourhood.

All residents in Abbotsford are invited to attend one of two workshops to learn about the hazards that can affect them, what to include in their home emergency kit, what they can do to minimize injury and protect their home from an earthquake and how to reunite with loved ones after a disaster.

The workshops will be led by Barbara Morgan, an emergency management specialist with over 30 years of experience, and representatives from the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie First Nation Senior Network who have spent over four years researching seniors and their needs in a large-scale disaster.

Join them by registering for one of two workshops that showcase the reasons why you need to be prepared as well as guide you through the steps of being prepared for a power outage, winter storm or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami.

The workshops run on Thursday, May 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., both at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.

Emergency Supply representatives will be on site to showcase the new and innovative products available on the market today. All residents needing guidance on emergency preparedness are encouraged to register.

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