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Halton Region joins partners to encourage emergency preparedness

Nishan Duraiappah, Deputy Chief, Halton Regional Police Service; Greg Sage, Chief, Paramedic Services, Halton Region; Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair; Ralph Blauel, Chief, Emergency Management, Halton Region; and Gerry Lieferink, Platoon Chief, Oakville Fire, encourage residents to be prepared for emergencies.
Nishan Duraiappah, Deputy Chief, Halton Regional Police Service; Greg Sage, Chief, Paramedic Services, Halton Region; Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair; Ralph Blauel, Chief, Emergency Management, Halton Region; and Gerry Lieferink, Platoon Chief, Oakville Fire, encourage residents to be prepared for emergencies.

In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Week, running May 7 to 13, Halton Region and its emergency management partners encourage residents to take precautions to reduce the impact of a potential emergency in their community.

“Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves residents, community partners and all levels of government,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “We work together to minimize the risks, coordinate response efforts and reduce the impact of emergency situations to help ensure that our essential services remain available when you need them most.”

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. Residents and businesses can do their part to reduce the impact of potential emergencies by taking three simple steps to help everyone in Halton stay safe:

  • First step: know the risks—residents should ensure they know the hazards and risks in their community.
  • Second step: make a plan—households should determine what they would do during and after various emergencies, identified in the first step, while also considering neighbours, family and friends who may be particularly vulnerable.
  • Third step: get a kit— residents should assemble, buy or refresh the items that their household would need to stay safe for 72 hours, including supplies for older adults, children and pets.

Residents can also help protect their homes and families year-round by staying informed about seasonal risks and current weather conditions. To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit halton.ca/beprepared.

Additional quotes

  • Greg Sage, Chief, Paramedic Services, Halton Region
    “Paramedic Services staff regularly participate in emergency planning, simulated exercises and joint training with other emergency services/healthcare providers to ensure disaster preparedness. Additional paramedics can be deployed rapidly during any multi-casualty emergency situation.”
  • John deHooge, Halton Hills Fire Chief and Halton Regional Fire Coordinator
    “Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone should have a plan on how they can survive for 72 hours and have an Emergency Survival Kit. Should a large scale emergency occur, being prepared will allow first responders to deal with the disaster while the citizen can support themselves with the smaller issues.”
  • Ralph Blauel, Chief, Emergency Management, Halton Region
    “By ensuring our community is prepared for emergencies in Halton, we allow first responders to focus their attention on those in immediate need during an emergency response.”
  • Stephen Tanner, Chief, Halton Regional Police Service
    “The Halton Regional Police Service is equipped to respond effectively and efficiently to any and all emergency situations that impact the safety and well-being of the people we serve. Our front-line and civilian members receive emergency preparedness training throughout the year, both internally and in conjunction with our valued regional partners.”

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.