FREDERICTON (GNB) – With Emergency Preparedness Week taking place May 6-12, New Brunswickers are reminded of the importance of being prepared for events such as floods, severe weather and spills of hazardous materials.

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors said that all residents should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency.

"We know that living in New Brunswick, we must be prepared for all types of events," Trevors said. "It could be anything from severe weather, such as floods, hurricanes or thunderstorms, to man-made issues such as hazardous material spills. By doing our part to be prepared, we can help to lessen the impact of these types of events."

Many municipalities have updated their emergency management programs and plans during the past year. In addition, the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization has provided emergency management training to about 150 municipal employees.

"In times of emergency, as with the recent flooding in the Perth-Andover area, we must all work closely together to ensure that people are safe," Trevors said. "I encourage all New Brunswickers to do their part to ensure that they will be ready in the event of an emergency."

Residents can download the 72-Hour Guide, which contains helpful information for preparing a family emergency kit and planning for emergencies.

LINKS:

●    72-Hour Emergency Guide: www.getprepared.ca
●    72-hour guide for persons with disabilities or special needs