Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is an annual event that takes place across the country during the first week of May, and is an opportunity to encourage Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

This year, the theme is Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything.

During EP Week, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services encourages households to sit down and discuss the possibility of emergency situations. Knowing your risks can help you and your family be prepared. Make sure you think of risks where you live. Prepare a 72 Hour Kit for your home and pack a “Go Bag” with supplies in case you need to evacuate.


“In Ontario, we’ve experienced emergencies such as floods, storms and power outages before. Unfortunately, they could happen again. This year’s EP theme is: Be Ready for Anything. Being prepared in advance will help your family withstand an emergency. If you haven’t already done so, please prepare a “Go Bag” for everyone in your family in case we have to evacuate. Items packed ahead of time could include a change of clothes, toothbrush, and copies of important documents for each family member, You should also make sure you have a 72 Hour Kit including supplies such as a flashlight, non-perishable food, and manual can opener in case we need to shelter-in-place.” - Shelley Langer, Fire Prevention Inspector, Town of Ajax

Quick Facts

  • Everyone should have an emergency plan. Your emergency plan should include a safe place to go.
  • Different risks may need you to get ready in different ways.
  • Have a plan in case you are told to stay inside or to leave quickly.
  • Check your kits regularly and restock them.
  • Everyone in your family should know where to find your emergency kits.
  • Remember to monitor expiry dates on food, water, medications, batteries, etc., and rotate supplies.
  • If you have pets, you should prepare an emergency kit and plan for them as well.

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