Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7 - 13, 2023, is a nationwide event that encourages Canadians to take action to better prepare and protect themselves and their families during emergencies such as wildfires, earthquakes and floods. We should all be ready to take care of ourselves for a minimum of 72 hours. Having a plan helps us be prepared and self-sufficient and allows emergency responders to prioritize assistance where it is most needed. The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) invites residents to learn more about emergency preparedness in our region through several resources including downloadable workbooks, handbooks, checklists and links to other emergency preparedness websites.
Also during May is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. On May 6, residents are encouraged to take actions that increase their home, neighbourhood and community's resilience to wildfire. As the dry season approaches, now is the time to clean up yards and do a FireSmart assessment of your home and property. Being FireSmart is all about living with and managing wildfire risk in your area and on your property. FireSmart principles are effective at reducing risk to life and property in the most extreme wildfire conditions across Canada, including here in the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN).