Safety starts with being prepared and having a plan. All Ontarians have a part to play in preparing for emergencies. Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a national event that educates communities across the province about actions people can take to prepare for emergency situations. This annual event has taken place for over 25 years and is traditionally held during the first full week of May.

Emergency Preparedness Week will take place May 5 to 11, 2024.

Aligning with Ontario’s Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan and it’s goal to keep Ontario in a state of constant readiness and preparedness, the province’s theme for 2024 is “Plan for every season.”  This theme reflects the unique challenges facing Ontario on a seasonal basis and the opportunities to practice emergency preparedness throughout the year. Ontario’s theme complements the national theme released by Public Safety Canada.

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Get involved

There are many ways to get involved during EP Week. Use and share the following resources to promote emergency preparedness in your community. These resources help children, people with disabilities, individuals living in high-rise buildings and others learn about how to be safe, practiced and prepared before, during and after an emergency:

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Materials for all audiences:

The following materials are intended for all audiences:

Materials for teachers and parents:

Teachers and parents can email EMOPubEd@ontario.ca for resources to help children learn about different types of emergencies and how to prepare.

Materials for municipalities:

The following materials are intended for municipalities:

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