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April 29, 2005
City kicks off Emergency Preparedness Week
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) presents an exhibition of the City’s
emergency response services at the Toronto Eaton Centre on Monday, May 2.
Starting at 10 a.m., this display event will feature the official proclamation
of Emergency Preparedness Week by Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin, demonstrations on
packing your own emergency kit, a trivia contest with prize giveaways and a
presentation from Emergency Management Ontario (EMO).

The Honourable Monte Kwinter, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional
Services and Julian Fantino, Commissioner of Emergency Management, will make a
presentation to Deputy Mayor Bussin and the City’s OEM Manager Warren Leonard,
in recognition of Toronto having achieved the "Essential Level" of emergency

"The City of Toronto is pleased to be recognized by the Province for our
emergency preparedness accomplishments. Working with all of our emergency
management partners, we will continue our efforts to create safe, prepared
communities," said Leonard. "We encourage all residents to prepare their
families for any situation. Our display at the Eaton Centre on Monday is the
perfect opportunity to get started - information, planning and knowledgeable
staff in one place. We hope to see a lot residents come out and begin their own
emergency preparedness."

Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1 to 7, 2005, is an annual event designed to
build public awareness of risks and how to plan and be prepared for any type of
emergency. Participants at this year’s display include:

  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Services
  • Public Health
  • Shelter, Housing and Support Administration
  • Toronto Police Service

  • ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services)
  • Emergency Management Ontario
  • OVERT (Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team)

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

    Media contact:

    Warren Leonard
    Office of Emergency Management



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