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Port Coquitlam launches first-of-its kind public safety meeting

Are you prepared for what nature can throw at you? A public safety meeting in Port Coquitlam will provide information on how to deal with emergencies, such as flooding or extreme heat.
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Emergency preparedness kits are essential for any emergencies.

Port Coquitlam is set to host a free community safety townhall to help residents prepare for emergencies.

Fire and Emergency Services staff are inviting local residents to the event on May 25 from 7 to 8 p.m in Mabbett Hall at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC).

Community safety topics will include information on the new Alertable app (the city's new Public Alerting System), flooding, heat wave and wildfire safety.

Attendees can share questions to be answered by city staff during a question and answer period.

"Community safety is an important priority for council and we’re excited to provide these resources for our residents," said Mayor Brad West in a news release. 

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

Interested Port Coquitlam residents must register to attend the Community Safety Townhall by May 22.

If there's enough interest, the city says more townhalls may be coordinated to address other seasonal hazards.

Port Coquitlam emergency planning work includes public education, training of staff and volunteers, participating in local and regional exercises, stockpiling equipment and resources, and preparing Emergency Support Services (ESS) that offer reception centres, lodging and other help after a disaster.