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Personal Preparedness

Emergency Prepardness Week happens in May of each year. This is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with Public Safety Canada and partners.

Would you be able to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72-hours while emergency workers care for critically injured individuals? Emergencies can occur at any time, and being prepared is the best strategy to quickly provide peace of mind and to begin focusing on recovery. For more information, check out the Emergency preparedness guide.

Follow these three steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:

Know the hazards

The first step to getting prepared for an emergency is to understand which hazards you need to plan for.

Make your plan

Create an emergancy plan for you and your family so you will know how to respond to a disaster. Knowing what to do will reduce anxiety and help keep you focused and safe.

Create your emergency kit

Make sure you are ready when a disaster strikes by having an emergency kit on hand. You can buy these from a number of retailers or create your own by using this checklist to help you make a kit that will work for your family (and pet) situation.‌

Watch how to prepare a family emergency kit

Personal preparedness resources 

The Provincial Emergency Preparedness program has compiled information to assist in preparing for an emergency.

Public Safety Canada's Get Prepared‌ brochure has useful information for helping you become self-sufficient for 72 hours.


New Online Courses from UFV Safety & Security

UFV’s Safety & Security team is working hard to improve the availability of safety and emergency preparedness information for staff and students. Over the summer they have developed a series of online courses available through UFV myClass. The courses are aimed at increasing the awareness of staff and students of important information that will help them to stay safe at UFV. These courses include:

For Students:

  • Basic WHMIS
  • Emergency Response Training (ERT)
  • Active Threat Training

For Employees

  • Basic WHMIS
  • WHMIS 2015
  • Emergency Response Training (ERT)
  • Active Threat Training
  • Floor Warden Training

These courses can be taken at any time throughout the year and are fee of charge. If you have any difficulty registering, please contact Safety & Security at safetysecurity@ufv.ca

Access Instructions 

  1. Log into UFV myClass
  2. Navigate to the “Courses” tab on the left-hand side
  3. Click on the “Course Catalog” and search for the course you wish to take
  4. Select the correct course and “Enroll”


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