Toronto Students to Take a Lesson in Emergency Preparedness

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The City of Toronto will host an emergency preparedness fair for students on Emergency Preparedness Day, May 5 in Toronto. About 80 students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 are expected to participate in Thursday’s event at Edithvale Community Centre.

“Young people can play an important role in emergencies and it’s important for them to know what to do,” said Mayor John Tory. “This is a great chance for students to gain knowledge that can help their family in case of an emergency.”

The students will learn from various City services as well as from representatives of the Province of Ontario, Toronto Hydro, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Enbridge Gas and other non-government agencies on how to be prepared for an emergency.

The participants will visit information/activity stations to learn how to put together an emergency kit and find out about the services that can be called upon during and after an emergency. The students will have their emergency preparedness passports stamped as they make their way through each learning station.

Edithvale Community Centre is located just west of Yonge Street at 131 Finch Ave. W.

Note to media: Photo/video opportunities involving some of the participants can be made available. The event will start at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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