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May 1, 2003
Residents invited to City's Emergency Preparedness Week activities
Works and Emergency Services - The City of Toronto's Office of Emergency
Management (OEM) will participate in the annual Emergency Preparedness Week,
May 4 to10, by hosting an emergency response services display at the North York
Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., May 7 to 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The display
will give Toronto residents the chance to increase their awareness of emergency
preparedness issues. Residents can talk to representatives from the City of
Toronto's co-ordinated emergency response team staff, view emergency equipment,
and pick up important personal emergency preparedness literature.

As the co-ordinator of emergency plans and preparedness, OEM works in
partnership with representatives from each of the City's emergency response
teams, including Toronto Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services, Toronto
Police Service, and the Toronto Public Health Emergency Services Unit, to
organize resources during an emergency affecting the Toronto area. "While we
are doing everything we can to prepare for calamities, residents also play an
important role in ensuring their safety during an emergency," says Warren
Leonard, Manager, Office of Emergency Management. For additional information on
the City of Toronto's emergency plans, emergency response teams, the risks
facing Toronto, personal preparedness for a variety of emergency situations,
and other emergency preparedness information, residents are encouraged to visit
the newly-launched OEM Web site at:

Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event designed to build public
awareness of risks and how to plan and be prepared for any type of emergency.
During the week, a variety of events and activities are organized in the
communities of every province and territory of Canada.

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Office of Emergency Management



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