|1. Prevention||Actions taken to stop an emergency or disaster from occurring.||
By-laws to prevent the transport of materials through residential and educational neighbourhoods.
|2. Mitigation||Actions taken to reduce the adverse impacts of an emergency or disaster.||
The construction of storm sewers to prevent flooding.
|3. Preparedness||Actions taken prior to an emergency or disaster to ensure an effective response.||
Preparing a: Personal / Family Emergency Kit
|4. Response||The provision of emergency services and public assistance or intervention during or immediately after an incident in order to protect people, property, the environment, the economy and/or services.||First responders working to control a chemical spill.|
|5. Recovery||The process of restoring a stricken community to a pre-disaster level of functioning.||Rebuilding destroyed property and repairing critical infrastructure (e.g., bridges).|
Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a national event supported by Public Safety Canada, working closely with provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, Indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector who support activities at the local level. An annual event for over 25 years, it traditionally takes place during the first full week of May.
Flooding is the most common natural disaster in Canada, and the severity of floods is increasing. Floods can happen anywhere in Canada, at any time of year, and to anyone. No matter where you live, it's important to take simple steps to protect your home and property against potential flood damage.