"The first 72 is on you."
The public had an opportunity to learn exactly what that means at an emergency preparedness expo Wednesday evening in Altona. The family-friendly event was held in conjunction with Emergency Preparedness Week and gave town residents the chance to learn more about staying safe during an emergency, and to see some of the community's emergency equipment up close.
Perry Batchelor, the Town's municipal emergency coordinator, encourages all residents to consider whether they're prepared to be self-sufficient for the first 72-hours of an emergency or disaster.
"I just think people need to understand the first 72 hours in a disaster is something they have to be prepared to look after themselves," he said in an earlier interview with PembinaValleyOnline. "You can well imagine if we had a significant event, all of our resources are going to be stretched to the max, and it's important people have things like 72-hour kits."
Not only was an example of a 72-hour kit on display at the expo, but residents also had the chance to enter a draw to win it.
Check out the photo gallery below of last night's expo.