It's Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) - Do You Have a Plan?

Toronto Hydro Supports EP Week and North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) Week

TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro is encouraging Torontonians to make an emergency plan this Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week), a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996.

This year, EP Week takes place from May 5 - 11. Toronto Hydro wants residents to get prepared with friends and family by re-visiting emergency plans and stocking up survival kits.  As a helpful reminder, residents should be prepared to cope without assistance for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency.

Building a family emergency plan is simple and easy online at www.GetPrepared.gc.ca/EPweek or torontohydro.com/safety

When building your power out plan and emergency kit, remember:

  • Keep it in an easy-to-access location known to all family members.
  • Check batteries twice a year.
  • Ensure that you have at least one cell phone or non-cordless telephone.
  • Have a list of emergency contact numbers handy.
  • Don't forget your pets! Have identification on your animals and enough pet food and water in your emergency kit for at least three days.

For a full list of power emergency tips for your home and business, visit the Power Outages section on torontohydro.com.

You can also purchase an already assembled emergency kit courtesy of The Canadian Red Cross at shop.redcross.ca

This week is also North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) Week. NAOSH Week is an annual event held throughout North America, including Mexico.  In Canada, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE) provides leadership for the event with the participation of Toronto Hydro and many other organizations. This week, Toronto Hydro will have events at all its worksites. Toronto Hydro wants to remind residents how important the prevention of illness and injury are in the workplace, at home and in their community.

Visit torontohydro.com/safety for tips on how you can be safe around electrical equipment.

Links:
www.getprepared.gc.ca/EPweek

www.torontohydro.com/poweroutage

www.Torontohydro.com/safety

Find out how NAOSH helps Canadians 'Make it Work' at www.Naosh.ca

About Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 719,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the Province of Ontario.

Our World. Our City. Our Responsibility. See what we are doing to be safe, reliable and sustainable at torontohydro.com/responsibility

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SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information:

Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System
Tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com
W: 416-542-2621
C: 416-903-0440


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