It seems like a distant memory, but in late December 2013 Richmond Hill experienced a major ice storm that knocked out power for several days to many homes in our community. It is unexpected disasters like this that emphasize the need for us to be prepared for disasters that can, and will happen in any community. Having the right supplies and a plan to deal with an emergency will help citizens better manage a situation and recover from the event more quickly. On the Town’s website at https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/our-services/Emergency-Preparedness-Guide.aspx resources can be found to keep your family prepared for an emergency. On this site you will find a great deal of information about what is needed in a family’s 72 hour emergency kit including a list for your pet’s 72 hour emergency kit.
The week of May 7th to 13th is Emergency Preparedness Week and during this week our Fire and Emergency Services will he hosting a community display in various locations throughout the Town to inform people how they can be prepared should a disaster occur. There will be an Emergency Preparedness Booth at the Elgin West Community Centre on May 8th from 5PM to 8PM. I would encourage everyone to drop by to talk to our Fire Fighters.