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May 7, 2002
City participates in national emergency preparedness week
Works and Emergency Services - City of Toronto emergency response services will
be on display in the City Hall rotunda from Wednesday, May 8 to Friday, May 10,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by the City's Office of Emergency Management,
this event marks the seventh Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada.

The rotunda displays will promote the theme of this year's Emergency
Preparedness Week: Keeping Canada Safe, Emergency Preparedness Begins with YOU.
Citizens will be encouraged to take the simple steps necessary to be personally
prepared for all emergency situations. Literature on hand will relay the
importance of being aware of the emergencies that can affect you, maintaining
emergency kits in your home and vehicle, and making personal emergency
preparedness a part of your everyday life.

Representatives from the City's co-ordinated emergency response team will be on
hand to answer questions and demonstrate their equipment. The City of Toronto's
emergency response team includes:

· Emergency Community Response Team
· Toronto Fire Services
· Toronto Public Health
· Toronto Emergency Medical Services
· Toronto Office of Emergency Management
· Toronto Police Service.

Event highlights:

- The Emergency Community Response Team (which includes representatives from
the Community and Neighbourhood Services department and community organizations
including the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, St. John Ambulance and the Amateur
Radio Emergency Services) will profile their contributions to an emergency
situation - the establishment and maintenance of an evacuee relief centre
(food, shelter and medical care).

- Fire Services will showcase the new Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team. This
team will be trained to search inside collapsed buildings and underground
structures and provide specialized rescue skills to safely remove trapped

- Toronto Public Health will distribute free copies of "Be Prepared: Your 6
Week Supplies Checklist" as well as information about suspicious mail, and heat
and smog alerts.

- Toronto Emergency Medical Services will focus on their role of providing
front-line medical services in emergency situations and the importance of first
aid knowledge and training.

- The Office of Emergency Management will highlight its function to help the
city prepare for, and deal with, large-scale emergencies. The office takes a
co-ordinated approach to emergency management, with representation from each of
the City's emergency service providers. Its goal is to enhance long-term
partnerships to capitalize on their combined strengths and capabilities and
ultimately benefit the city of Toronto and its residents.

Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event, declared by the federal
government. Its goal is to build and increase public awareness of emergency
preparedness. Activities take place in all provinces and territories across the

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