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City of Markham encourages residents to be ready during Emergency Preparedness Week

Thursday, May 9, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON - May 9, 2019 – Emergencies can happen anytime. This week marks Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019), and the City of Markham is encouraging residents to be aware, be prepared, and have an emergency kit and emergency plan ready.

Every municipality is at risk of being impacted by emergencies such as severe rain and wind storms, floods, extreme heat waves, extended power outages, and more. Being aware of these risks and planning ahead can help reduce the impact and better protect you, your family, property and community.

This week, the City of Markham is joining municipalities across Canada in support of Emergency Preparedness Week by sharing resources and information to help residents stay safe in the event of an emergency.

"Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility, and it's a responsibility we take very seriously here at the City of Markham," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "Our staff are trained to respond and to provide recovery services in the case of an emergency. We also rely on you, our residents. Know the risks, make a plan with your family and create an emergency kit. Together, we can build a resilient Markham."

As part of the provincially legislated municipal Emergency Management Program, the City maintains a state of readiness by training staff, conducting mock emergency exercises and having an emergency response plan which is reviewed annually and posted on the City’s website.

The City of Markham offers these tips for how you can be ready for emergencies:

1) Create an Emergency Plan

Create an emergency plan for your family and ensure that everyone is familiar with it. Identify all the safe exits from your home and designate a safe place in your neighbourhood to meet. Don’t forget about your pets! Use this Pet Emergency Kit Checklist for more information.

2) Prepare an Emergency Kit

York Region's Emergency Preparedness Guide provides instructions on how to prepare an emergency kit. If someone in your home has special needs, include their special items in your home kit as well. A basic emergency preparedness kit should include:

• Water - 4 litres per person per day (2 litres for drinking and 2 litres for sanitation and food preparation)
• Non-perishable food items
• Manual can opener
• Wind-up or battery-powered radio and flashlight
• First aid kit
• Extra keys for home and car
• Cash in small bills and change
• Change of clothes
• Emergency blanket/sleeping bag
• Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, etc.

3) Stay connected

The City of Markham and 105.9 The Region (CFMS) will provide regular updates on emergency situations in the community. Tune in to 105.9 FM to hear these updates. Information and updates will also be made available on markham.ca and on the City's social media accounts.

WATCH VIDEO: Mayor Scarpitti on how to be prepared for an emergency

Visit markham.ca/AreYouReady to learn more and use the hashtags #MkmEmergencyPrep and #EPWeek2019 to join the conversation.


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. 


MARKHAM, ON - May 9, 2019 – Emergencies can happen anytime. This week marks Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019), and the City of Markham is encouraging residents to be aware, be prepared, and have an emergency kit and emergency plan ready.

Every municipality is at risk of being impacted by emergencies such as severe rain and wind storms, floods, extreme heat waves, extended power outages, and more. Being aware of these risks and planning ahead can help reduce the impact and better protect you, your family, property and community.

This week, the City of Markham is joining municipalities across Canada in support of Emergency Preparedness Week by sharing resources and information to help residents stay safe in the event of an emergency.

"Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility, and it's a responsibility we take very seriously here at the City of Markham," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "Our staff are trained to respond and to provide recovery services in the case of an emergency. We also rely on you, our residents. Know the risks, make a plan with your family and create an emergency kit. Together, we can build a resilient Markham."

As part of the provincially legislated municipal Emergency Management Program, the City maintains a state of readiness by training staff, conducting mock emergency exercises and having an emergency response plan which is reviewed annually and posted on the City’s website.

The City of Markham offers these tips for how you can be ready for emergencies:

1) Create an Emergency Plan

Create an emergency plan for your family and ensure that everyone is familiar with it. Identify all the safe exits from your home and designate a safe place in your neighbourhood to meet. Don’t forget about your pets! Use this Pet Emergency Kit Checklist for more information.

2) Prepare an Emergency Kit

York Region's Emergency Preparedness Guide provides instructions on how to prepare an emergency kit. If someone in your home has special needs, include their special items in your home kit as well. A basic emergency preparedness kit should include:

• Water - 4 litres per person per day (2 litres for drinking and 2 litres for sanitation and food preparation)
• Non-perishable food items
• Manual can opener
• Wind-up or battery-powered radio and flashlight
• First aid kit
• Extra keys for home and car
• Cash in small bills and change
• Change of clothes
• Emergency blanket/sleeping bag
• Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, etc.

3) Stay connected

The City of Markham and 105.9 The Region (CFMS) will provide regular updates on emergency situations in the community. Tune in to 105.9 FM to hear these updates. Information and updates will also be made available on markham.ca and on the City's social media accounts.

WATCH VIDEO: Mayor Scarpitti on how to be prepared for an emergency

Visit markham.ca/AreYouReady to learn more and use the hashtags #MkmEmergencyPrep and #EPWeek2019 to join the conversation.


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.