This week is Emergency Preparedness Week in Manitoba.

From now until May 13, the province will work on educating Manitobans on steps they can take to be prepared and protect their families, neighbours and communities in the event of an emergency.

“The theme of this year’s Emergency Preparedness Week of ‘Be Prepared. Know Your Risks’ encourages Manitobans to stay informed and collectively do what we can to lessen the impact of emergencies,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk. “The Manitoba government’s Emergency Management Organization leads the province every day towards its goal for a safe Manitoba that is resilient to all hazards, emergencies and disasters, and this week is a great opportunity to celebrate that work and focus on steps each of us can take to be prepared for an emergency.”

Public Safety Canada is working closely with the province, emergency management organizations and indigenous organizations to support activities at the local level. 

The awareness week encourages three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:

  • know the risks;
  • make a plan; and
  • build an emergency kit.

An emergency test message will also be issued during Emergency Preparedness Week on May 10 at 1:55 p.m.