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What is DeltaPrepared?
There are many hazards that could affect the Delta School District, due to its geographical location and naturally occurring events, including but not limited to the following:
- hazardous material incidents
- transportation incidents
- utility failures
Following a major emergency or disaster, first responders (Delta Fire & Emergency Services, BC Ambulance Service, etc.) may not be available for some time during the initial phase. In fact, the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) advises that individuals and organizations should be prepared to carry on without assistance for the first 72 hours. Provincial and municipal governments have structures to respond to these emergencies, but not during this early period. Being prepared should be the greatest asset a school or any other district facility can have in facilitating its occupants' survival and well-being. DeltaPrepared is the strategy the Delta School District is following to ensure that the District Emergency Plan is complete and workable, and to enable all schools and central operations to maintain a minimum level of preparedness in case of a natural disaster.
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New District Emergency Preparedness Manual Updated
Just in time for Emergency Preparedness Week, the new 2013 edition of the District EP Manual has just been released. This is the first major update since September 2010 and there are a number of changes throughout. To view and download the new sections or the entire manual, click here.
If you already have a District EP Manual binder and wish to have hard copies of the new sections, please contact the Facilities Branch.
Mark Your Calendars - May 5-11, 2013 is Emergency Preparedness Week
Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May.
This national event is coordinated by the Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.
During Emergency Preparedness Week, activities are organized across Canada to raise awareness of the importance of:
- having an emergency kit;
- making an emergency plan; and
- identifying risks in the region.
These three simple steps can help Canadians prepare for all types of emergencies. In Delta, our schools run earthquake drills complete with evacuation and in some cases, full exercises including post-earthquake site management and student release.
As in previous years, the district-wide emergency evacuation drill will be conducted during EP Week. For more information on the exercise, as well as other EP tips for parents, click here. For more information on what is planned across Canada, click here.
EP Clothing Drop Boxes Featured in Surrey Leader
Since May 2010, a number of our school sites have been homes to red clothing drop boxes proudly displaying the Delta School District logo. The School District, participating schools and the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society started this initiative that would see the society and each school share revenues paid by a recycler for the used books, clothing and shoes, who in turn would sent the articles to Africa.
The funds received by each school would go towards its Emergency Preparedness program.
Drop, Cover and Hold vs. the "Triangle of Life"?
Click here to read why the Delta School District, as well as many other organizations, subscribe to the "Drop, Cover and Hold" philosophy during an earthquake as opposed to the "Triangle of Life" as has been circulating over the e-mail wire for the past number of years.