Wireless Public Alerts Mark Emergency Preparedness Week

From May 6 to 12, the Provincial Government is acknowledging Emergency Preparedness Week.

This year’s theme, “Be Emergency Ready”, highlights the importance of residents and emergency management partners being proactive in preparing for potential emergencies.

During Emergency Preparedness Week, residents are encouraged to become familiar with the risks specific to their community and province, make a plan, and get an emergency kit to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency. People can visit Get Prepared for resources that will assist them in being better prepared.

On Wednesday, May 9, a wireless public alerting test will be issued to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. This expansion of the National Public Alerting System will help ensure that emergency notifications reach individuals via their wireless device such as a smartphone or a tablet. Residents are encouraged to visit the www.AlertReady.ca website to check their device’s compatibility and to learn more about what to do when they receive an alert.