This year, Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week takes place May 7- 13, with the theme of “Being Safe, Practiced and Prepared”.

“Nothing is more important than being safe, prepared and practiced,” said Dennis Brescacin, Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Thunder Bay. “Everyone can play a vital role in EP Week.”

Some of the ways to get involved include:

  • Learn about Ontario's Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan by visiting:
  • Subscribe to alerts - During the 2013 Ice Storm in southern Ontario, many people relied on their mobile devices to get hydro power updates and other vital information. If you have not already done so, subscribe to alerts at and tell your family and friends about this useful tool to receive emergency notifications and preparedness messaging before and during an emergency.
  • Build an Emergency Preparedness Action Plan - This online tool helps families build a customized emergency plan tailored to their needs. ‘Make a Plan’ ‘Build a Kit’ ‘Stay Informed’ and encourage others to do the same at
  • ALERT READY” - Alert Ready in Ontario is part of a national service designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving emergency alert messages to Canadians. Emergency alerts are distributed on radio, TV and compatible wireless devices to help ensure that Ontarians have the critical information they need in emergencies to take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families. On May 10, 2023 another province-wide test of Alert Ready will take place.

For more information, follow Thunder Bay Fire Rescue on Instagram @tbayfirerescue, Twitter @TbayFireRescue or Facebook @TBFireRescue. Or visit the Provincial and Federal online public education resources at: or

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Contact:       Dennis Brescacin, Community Emergency Management Coordinator – City of Thunder Bay, 626-6540