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May 9, 2017
City of Toronto shows students how to get emergency ready
On Wednesday, May 10, 80 elementary school students from the Regent Park area will attend an emergency preparedness fair to learn how they and their families can get emergency ready. The event will take place at the Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter St.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Being prepared for an emergency situation is something I urge all Torontonians to do," said Mayor John Tory. "The young people participating in tomorrow's exercise are the ideal ambassadors to learn from City staff and our partners and to then take that knowledge home to their families."

The City of Toronto will host local students at this interactive event to learn from representatives from City services such as Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Paramedic Services and Toronto Police Service. Also in attendance will be some of the many agencies that come together to respond in an emergency such as Canadian Red Cross, the Province of Ontario, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and others.

"Tomorrow's event will be a great opportunity for students to learn about the City's first responders and the community agencies that collaborate to deliver a seamless emergency response," said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "These are important jobs in our city and I am certain events like this will help to inspire our future firefighters, paramedics, police officers and other vital emergency response roles."

The students will visit stations staffed by first responders, other emergency response partners and community agencies to learn about the roles each group plays in an emergency situation and fill out a "preparedness passport" along the way. They will also receive important personal emergency preparedness information that will help get themselves and their families emergency ready. All students will receive a participation certificate and a bag filled with information resources and giveaway items from the participating agencies.

"Emergency preparedness is critically important knowledge that we all need to have in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones during an emergency situation," said Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). "I'm so pleased that these children will have this opportunity to learn about getting ready for an emergency and I hope they will share their experience with their classmates, friends, family and neighbours."

The Salvation Army will be providing a barbeque lunch for the children.

Note to media: Photo and video opportunities featuring some of the participants can be arranged upon prior request.

More information about the City's emergency preparedness initiatives and personal emergency preparedness is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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