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Member Statement (6 May 2008)

From Hansard - 6 May 2008

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Emergency Preparedness Week

Mr. Reiter: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, May 4 to 10 is Emergency Preparedness Week across Canada, and this year's theme is 72 Hours . . . Is Your Family Prepared? My colleague, the Minister of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing designated this special week yesterday at Balgonie School.

Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual national event that encourages everyone to be ready to cope on their own in an emergency for at least 72 hours. This enables first responders to focus on those with the most urgent needs in the crisis.

Events and activities are happening across the country this week with the goal of having every family ready for an emergency. Mr. Speaker, being prepared is something all Saskatchewan residents should strive to be, as you never know when a flood, tornado, or blizzard may happen. Having a plan and the basic supplies like bottled water and canned food can help ensure you're ready if a disaster strikes.

This government believes in keeping our communities safe and secure. Emergency planning skills have come in handy in recent years in disasters ranging from flooding to evacuations due to forest fires to the recent tragic explosion in Nipawin. This is why I'm proud to join with the minister in this proclamation and hope all Saskatchewan residents heed this advice too and make their own emergency plans. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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