Chief Commissioner of Scouts Canada challenges Canadian families to "Be Prepared" for an emergency

    OTTAWA, May 7 /CNW Telbec/ - With Emergency Preparedness Week underway,
and in light of the current H1N1 flu virus, there's never been a better time
to ask: If an emergency situation occurred today, would you know what to do?
Would you know how to protect your family?
    "I think it's absolutely essential, particularly given recent events in
the world, for Canadian families to have an emergency plan in place and to
know what to do in the event of an emergency," said Steve Kent, Chief
Commissioner for Scouts Canada. "Scouts Canada's motto is 'Be Prepared.'
That's something we encourage all Canadians to do and something we've put into
practice through our Emergency Preparedness program. The program allows us to
reach out to our members, and by extension their families and communities,
even pets, to assist them should an emergency occur."
    One way to do that is by having a 72-hour emergency kit on hand. An
emergency kit helps families cope in the first critical hours following an
emergency. Here's just a few of the items that Scouts Canada recommends that
families have in their homes in the event of an emergency:

    Flashlight and batteries     Toilet paper         Cash
    First aid kit                Bottled water        Whistle
    Cell phone                   Blankets             Cards, games, etc.
    Candles                      Medication
    Lighter                      Extra car keys

    Many of these supplies can be purchased at Scout Shops across the
country. You don't have to be a Scout to shop at the Scout Shop, and every
dollar spent helps support Scouting programs. For a complete list of items to
help get you prepared, visit For other practical, hands on
knowledge to help prepare your family for an emergency visit the Scouts Canada
web page on Emergency Preparedness at

    Scouts Canada, the country's leading youth organization, offers fun and
exciting programs and adventure for male and female youth ages 5 to 26.
Scouting teaches youth about the active role they can play in helping to
create a better world. Scouts Canada has close to 100,000 members. We are
members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), which has
grown to 28 million members in 217 countries and territories.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview: Lisa Nowlan,
Director of Communications, Scouts Canada, (613) 224-5134 ext. 271,

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