Emergency Preparedness Week: Preparedness - Response - Recovery

Posted On Monday May 04, 2020

May 3 to 9 is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada.

As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, the challenges caused by this global pandemic have reminded us all of the importance of preparing for emergencies.

The City of Cornwall is encouraging residents to take the following actions:

  1. Stay informed to help protect themselves and others against COVID-19.
  2. Plan for the future by learning from this emergency. Add hand sanitizer, gloves, and face masks to your 72-hour emergency kit. Add essential contacts to your list of phone numbers. Plan your family’s response to other emergencies with social distancing in mind.
  3. Learn about other risks, like earthquakes, floods, hazardous materials incidents, and cyber attacks.
  4. Thank those on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 for their courage and commitment.

“This pandemic is a lesson for us all: emergencies can come in many forms, and we must all be prepared,” said Mayor Bernadette Clement. “I hope all Cornwall families take time this week to learn more about emergencies and how they can ensure their loved ones will be protected."

"I am inspired by the outstanding work of all frontline workers," added Mayor Clement.

Public Safety Canada has adopted the theme “Preparedness – Response – Recovery” for this week as a reminder of the role Canadians play in each step – from preparedness and mitigation, to response and recovery.


City of Cornwall’s Emergency Response

“I would also like to highlight the efforts of the City of Cornwall’s emergency management team,” added Mayor Clement. “Under the leadership of CAO Maureen Adams, a group of about 20 City staff meet regularly to respond to COVID-19 issues and plan for the future.

“The next phase of this emergency is to plan for an economic recovery. Our focus remains the health of our community. We will carefully monitor Ontario’s directions for the re-opening of the provincial economy.”

The City of Cornwall declared an emergency on March 26 alongside the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry, and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

The City has responded to the emergency by setting up an information helpline, deploying paramedics to conduct COVID-19 testing, adjusting Cornwall Transit for safer travel, distributing emergency funds, providing emergency child care, closing the Glen Stor Dun Lodge to visitors, deploying by-law officers to educate residents about restrictions, supporting small businesses, and communicating with residents.


To learn more about the City of Cornwall’s Office of Emergency Management, click here.

To learn more about how the City of Cornwall is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

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