Have you ever heard of Public Safety Canada, or visited their website? Committed to mitigating disasters nationally and keeping the country safe, they’re a resource not to be missed when you’re doing your own, personal emergency preparations or you’re considering sharing emergency preparedness resources.
Not only do they strategize and make plans, they train federal employees in emergency management through a learning partnership with Canada School of Public Service. Public Safety Canada is also in the process of exploring ways of expand access to training.
Realizing how much time and resources go into this can be a wake-up call for those of us who may be distracted by the busyness of our day-to-day lives. Because we haven’t seen a huge disaster yet, it can be hard to imagine it really happening to us. But natural disasters like the pending “big one” on the West Coast or severe hurricanes on the East Coast are not only for the movies.
Emergency preparedness is not only important for keeping ourselves as safe as possible, it’s important because it could very well allow us to keep our loved ones, neighbours or complete strangers safe. And—as you’ll probably agree—the more lives we can collectively save, the better.
If you have some of the basics down, why not consider spreading your knowledge. Perhaps take a look around your community and find a way to share what you’ve learned. You could even start a little fundraising campaign and once you’ve raised enough, purchase some basic items like a workplace emergency kit or some classroom emergency kits. Looking into sharing emergency preparedness resources is also a great way to get to get to know your community.
These communities could include:
- your workplace
- your gym, yoga studio or running group
- your neighbourhood or apartment building
- your school or your kids’ school
- any other group you belong to!
The important thing is that—once you’ve read through resources like the ones we’ve shared today—you share what you’ve learned! This way, we can all do our part, instead of leaving it all up to our governments, and see a safer Canada!
Article contributed by Sophie Wooding – Avid gardener and cyclist in Victoria, BC and Content Writer for Frontier.io