Emergencies can happen anywhere, learn how to be prepared

72_hour_kitEmergency Preparedness Week, May 6 to 10, 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 7 – Emergency Preparedness & Procedures – Lunch and 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 join fellow faculty and staff for the session which will begin promptly at 12pm (noon).  If you are interested in attending please RSVP by April 30 to Randy Diceman, emergency management coordinator, at rdiceman@yorku.ca. Space is limited, register today.

Wednesday, May 8 – Emergency Response Team Appreciation Open House
Room 213, William Small Centre – 1:30 to 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 third 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 9 – Emergency Preparedness Information Kiosk
Vari Hall Rotunda – 1o:30am to 3pm






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Staff, faculty and students are invited to drop by our information event in Vari Hall between 10:30am and 3pm. Visit booths from the Office of Emergency Preparedness, York Security Services, goSAFE, Department of Occupation Health & Safety and Building & Fire Code Compliance. Come by for free information on safety and emergency preparedness at York. All those who drop by can also enter a contest for a chance to win either an emergency preparedness car kit, personal kit or first-aid kit.

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