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Preparing for the worst

Emergency Social Services taskforce urges preparedness, recruits for local ESS response team

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"It was so dry and the trees right next to this house were catching, so it was a miracle that (fire services) were able to contain the fire. Fortunately there was no wind that night, or things might have been a lot worse."

According to Leidel, people should prepare for the first 72 hours after an evacuation. That means food, water, medicine, pet supplies, diapers, batteries, etc. More information on creating an emergency kit will be distributed at Nesters this Saturday, and sample kits will be on display. In addition, volunteers will be handing out copies of the FireSmart Manual that was created after last summer’s wildfires, showing people how to assess their risk and take precautions.

"One of the things we like to say is that the only thing tougher than preparing for a disaster is explaining why you did not, not just as a community, but as individuals," said Leidel.

To give people incentives to come out to Nesters, people who drop by the ESS display will be eligible to win prizes, including a Whistler-Blackcomb Gold Express Card for next season, a three-month pass for Meadow Park, first aid kits, pet emergency kits, free vouchers at local hair salons, and more.

If you can’t make it to the booth or the orientation meeting on May 13 and want more information on ESS’s volunteer recruitment drive, contact Roger Weetman at 604-935-8355 or rweetman@whistler.ca.

You can also find more information online at www.emergencypreparedenessweek.com.

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