Emergencies can happen anywhere. Are you prepared?

72 hour kit

72 hour kitEmergency Preparedness Week, May 7 to 12, is a national initiative to increase awareness about individual and family preparedness. The central message of the week is that Canadians can reduce the risk and consequences of an emergency by being better prepared.

“It is important to remember that we are not immune to emergencies here at York,” said Katherine Branton, manager of York University’s Emergency Preparedness Program. “Faculty, staff and students should keep in mind that it is up to each of us to do our part and be prepared.

To help better prepare the York University community, the Office of Emergency Preparedness is hosting a number of activities on campus during Emergency Preparedness Week.”

Tuesday,  May 8 – Emergency Preparedness Information Fair
Vari Hall Rotunda – 10:30am to 2:30pm

Staff, faculty and students are invited to drop by and learn more about being prepared for an emergency during an Emergency Preparedness Information Fair in the Vari Hall Rotunda. Visit booths hosted by the Office of Emergency Preparedness, York Security Services, goSAFE, the Department of Occupation Health & Safety and the police, emergency medical services and fire department. Learn more about constructing a personal emergency preparedness kit. All visitors can enter a contest for a chance to win either an emergency preparedness car kit, personal kit or first aid kit.

Wednesday, May 9 – Emergency Response Team Appreciation Open House
305 York Lanes – 1:30pm – 3pm 

To honour and recognize York’s dedicated volunteer Emergency Response Wardens, Building Emergency Captains and Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, the Office of Emergency Preparedness will be hosting its second annual Emergency Response Warden Appreciation Open House. All are invited to join us in celebrating our volunteers. Cake and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. 

Thursday, May 10 – Emergency Information Open Forum Lunch & Learn
Room 215 William Small Centre – 12 to 1pm

The Office of Emergency Preparedness will be hosting a one hour “Lunch & Learn” focusing on Campus Emergency Preparedness. Bring your lunch and come join other faculty, staff and students for this lively and engaging session.

Those interested in attending the open house, volunteer recognition event or the Lunch & Learn, should submit an RSVP to Randy Diceman, emergency management coordinator at rdiceman@yorku.ca. Space is limited, register as soon as possible.

To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit York University’s Emergency Preparedness Program website.