The countdown is over! It’s May 1st—the start of Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week)!  Running from May 1 to 7, 2016, EP Week is a national event coordinated by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with the provinces, territories and partners. The event also runs parallel to the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.

So it’s EP Week – what does that mean for me and my organization?

Let’s get started — EP Week encourages everyone to take these three simple steps:

  1. Know the risks
  2. Make a plan
  3. Get an emergency kit

This valuable insight is a reminder for businesses to start implementing or building upon emergency plans and occupational health and safety procedures, to ensure that your business is prepared for any emergency event.

And, if you’ve already accomplished these steps then you’re likely wondering what else you can do to take part? While developing a plan and getting prepared is not a one-time endeavor, it is just as important, if not more, to make sure your plan and emergency kit are kept up-to-date, and to have your employees practice your response to an emergency situation.  EP Week is a great opportunity to revisit and confirm your organization’s preparedness.


Develop a plan or an outline of events and activities to support your businesses objectives. Practice makes perfect, so hold a drill or an emergency training event and run through your emergency plan to make sure all employees are familiar with the procedures. Encourage management to promote and participate in these activities too. And don’t forget that evaluating your emergency policies and procedures will also be worthwhile —and that’s where CCEM can help.

Remember that your excitement, involvement and support are important in this week’s success. So now the real question is — how do you prepare for Emergency Preparedness Week? Help promote this important week by downloading the poster here and sharing it with your colleagues.  And learn more about how CCEM can help your organization prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.