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Are you emergency-ready?

May 5 to May 11, 2024, is Emergency Preparedness Week and this year’s theme is Be Prepared. Know Your Risks. The Saint John Emergency Management Organization (SJ-EMO) would like to ensure you and your family are prepared in the event of an emergency.

Some disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face, whether natural or human induced.

Emergency Preparedness Week encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need. This special week is a national effort of provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, and Public Safety Canada.

Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better during and after a major disaster. By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.

Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.

Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do.

Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Community Connect – Create a secure emergency profile for your household and/or business containing critical information that will assist first responders in an emergency on the Saint John Fire Department’s free and secure encrypted online platform. In the event of an emergency, first responders will have access to this information allowing them to be even better prepared when responding to a specific home or business. Visit:

Stay connected – We encourage citizens to follow us on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as our website at

For more information and resources to help you and your family prepare for local emergencies, visit and

Here to help – For inquiries related to municipal services, contact the City of Saint John Customer Service Centre at (506) 658-4455, email or visit us in person on the Ground Floor of City Hall, 15 Market Square, Monday to Thursday (excluding holidays), 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.