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April 28, 2004
City of Toronto participates in Emergency Preparedness Week
The City of Toronto's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will once again
participate in annual Emergency Preparedness Week by hosting an exhibition of
the city's emergency response services at the North York Civic Centre on May 3
and 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year, Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 2 to 8 and presents the
theme "What are your reasons for being prepared?" The City's exhibits will
help Toronto residents increase their awareness of emergency-preparedness
issues and answer this question for themselves. Residents will have the chance
to speak with representatives from the City's co-ordinated emergency response
teams, view emergency equipment, and pick up important personal emergency
preparedness literature.

The City of Toronto's emergency response teams include the Community Services
Response Team, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Services, Public Health's
Emergency Services Unit and the Toronto Police Service. Also present will be
some of the volunteer agencies and organizations throughout the city that play
an important role in responding to emergency situations.

"Emergency Preparedness Week and the displays at the North York Civic Centre
will offer a unique opportunity for residents to learn about our city's
emergency plan and emergency response teams, as well as the potential risks
facing Toronto," says Warren Leonard, Manager of the Office of Emergency
Management. "This type of information is a key step in preparing themselves and
their families for dealing with any disaster situation."

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 in Canada.

For additional information on personal preparedness for a variety of emergency
situations and other emergency preparedness information, visit the OEM Web site

Media contact:
Warren Leonard, Manager, Office of Emergency Management,



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