Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk announced that May 1-7 will be known as National Emergency Preparedness Week.

The week is supported by Public Safety Canada, which will work with the province to focus on activities that help us on a local level.

"From overall preparedness to effective disaster management and facilitating response and recovery, our government is committed to ensuring the safety of all Manitobans," said Piwniuk. "Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Organization is pivotal in helping government respond effectively to large-scale emergencies, such as the flooding we are now experiencing in parts of the province. The leadership and co-ordination of EMO enables our government to be prepared to respond to any emergencies and to work in collaboration with all levels of government."

The theme for National Emergency Preparedness Week is Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything. The goal is to encourage citizens to become more aware on how to tackle any emergency that might impact their community.

"National Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity for all Manitobans to be informed and plan ahead to better prepare for any eventualities," said Piwniuk. "Making good decisions that will help protect our families and communities strengthens our province during an emergency."

To see the full press release from the government of Manitoba, click here.