This week marks National Preparedness week and Drumheller's Mayor has declared it as Drumheller's Emergency Preparedness week.

"We would like citizens, occupiers of every household, to understand that there are risks everyday that communities and societies face," stated Greg Peters, Director of Protective Services for the Town of Drumheller.

Peters suggested that every Canadian household should have an emergency plan.

"The families understand amongst themselves how to exit the residence in case of a fire, your family members should know how to get out of your neighbourhood, a point to meet if families need to evacuate, do you have pets or members with special health cares; all these need to be considered," he explained. "There's no hard and fast rule as to when anything can happen. It could be something localized as a fire in a residence or something larger like a high water event or flood in the community."

So, what are some items that we should have prepared in case of an emergency?

"Some of the most important things would be to have two litres per water per day, to have a stash of food to last 72 hours, battery operated crank radio to pick up any news that's coming forward," outlined Bruce Wade, Drumheller's Fire Chief. "Also little things like duct tape, changes of clothes, any special medication should have a stash for 72 hours."

Families should practice their emergency plan at least once a month.

"Especially if you have young children so they can get accustom to the noise the smoke detector makes, what it means to feel the door for no fire outside and to have two escape routes. You also need a muster point in front of the house in case of a fire where everyone will meet and then you call 911," Wade explained.

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