Keep Calm and Adapt: Emergency and Weather Preparedness
To help build knowledge and resiliency to extreme weather
The town will be hosting it's third annual emergency and extreme weather preparedness event designed to help residents build their personal resilience to our changing climate. This event will take place at Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre on May 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Exhibitors will be on hand to discuss programs and incentives available in Canada, Ontario and specifically Halton Region that can help you implement climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to help protect lives and properties. Lots of information and activities available for all age groups.
Prepare to be Prepared Challenge
Are you up for a challenge?
During the month of May, take part in as many challenges as you wish and rack up the points to be used towards some great emergency preparedness prizes. There are over 40 challenges to choose from for all abilities and living conditions, take part as an individual, a family, or a community group and build your resilience to extreme weather and emergency situations.
Join us as we Prepare to Be Prepared!
2017 Keynote speaker:
11 am in the Black Box Theatre
Mark has been storm chasing since 2000 with “on the ground” reports for The Weather Network so we can all experience the awesomeness of wild weather but as an experienced “chaser” he also knows the risks and puts safety first. He was the first on our network to stream live videos of a tornado, avalanches and hurricanes.
Mark has intercepted 15 hurricanes and over 30 tornadoes across North America. He jumps at the chance to go down to Tornado Alley during the height of tornado season, most recently reporting the devastation moments after a tornado touched down in Moore, OK. Mark was there for the most destructive hurricane in US history; Katrina.
Mark holds a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and earned his Meteorology Certificate from York University.
Personal Preparedness Workshop
12:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre
The Canadian Red Cross will be on hand will their Command Unit, a booth with information on Disaster Preparedness and to offer a Personal Preparedness Workshop to discuss knowing your risks, making a plan, making a kit and the importance of being prepared for a full 72 hours.
This year's exhibitors included:
- Various town departments including Environmental Policy, Forestry, Engineering, Building and Fire
- Insurance Bureau of Canada
- Canadian Safe Boating Association
- Canadian Power and Sail Squadron
- Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.
- Union Gas
- Canadian Red Cross
- Acheiving AccessAbility
- Halton Region
- Conservation Halton
- Emergency Management Ontario
- Halton Environmental Network
- Girl Guides
Youth groups, residents associations, harbour users, Girl Guide and Scouting programs are all encouraged to participate, contact email@example.com to find out how!