The government of Saskatchewan has designated the week of May 6th, 2018 as Emergency Preparedness Week.
Minister of Government Relations Warren Kaeding said it’s important to always be prepared for any kind of emergency at any time.
“Our province is not immune to emergency events like floods, wildfires and severe weather events,” acknowledged Kaeding.
Kaeding also said families should build a plan, with the first step being identification of potential emergencies in your region.
Over the past decade, our residents have experienced blizzards, flooding, extended power outages, grass fires and wildfires, industrial and transportation accidents and extreme weather events like heat waves, ice storms, strong winds or tornadoes,” he said.
The other steps to the plan: developing a family communications plan, write down the important contacts, develop an evacuation plan, build an emergency prep kit and download the Sask Alerts app.
Deputy Commissioner & Director of Operations and Fire Safety for Government Relations Ray Unrau is especially excited about the alerts app, noting some updates made to the system, allowing it to reach a broader audience.
“That’s what we’re really happy about is that people are able to get messages, even if they haven’t downloaded the app,” he said. “But we encourage people to download the app, because it gives you that much more connectivity and it gives you the opportunity to tailor some of the alerts to what you do.”