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We are Canadian!

It's Canada Day - a day to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian.  We are closed tomorrow, Monday, July 2, in honour of Canada Day which gives our employees a long weekend and time to spend with family and friends.  Many of our employees weren't born in Canada and they came to Canada for a variety of reasons.  We are privileged to have such great staff to work with every day! Many people are working today and tomorrow, especially those who keep us safe:  fire fighters, police officers, coroners, doctors, nurses and Coast Guard personnel.  Many more are...

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The New Normal: Disaster Management in the 21st Century

Strategic Review of 2017 Wildfire and Freshet Flooding Seasons The Government of British Columbia has published a report, written by Mr. George Abbott and Chief Maureen Chapman detailing the findings and recommendations from an independent review of British Columbia’s unprecedented flood and wildfire 2017 season. The Emergency Management section of the Province of British Columbia's website states: The 2017 wildfire season was unprecedented in British Columbia’s recorded history, and the spring flooding that preceded it resulted in hardships for many residents. More than 1.2 million hectares were burned and about 65,000 people were displaced as a result of the 2017 wildfires,...

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Heather Lyle: Everything's Under Control

Our world lost an amazing person this week:  Heather Lyle.  As the Executive Director, Planning Mitigation & Partnerships with Emergency Management British Columbia - Integrated Public Safety (EMBCIPS). This YouTube video, produced in 2016 when Heather was nominated for the British Columbia's Premier's award for Excellence, says it all: Published on YouTube, September 15, 2016, the description of the video states:   "Heather Lyle is one of the most influential emergency management leaders in Canada. Her ability to translate a vision into action has had significant impact at the local, regional and provincial levels in B.C. She has been instrumental in expanding...

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Wildfires - Are You Prepared?

Many businesses and homeowners face the risk of wildfires, which are usually triggered by lightning or accidents. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Some structures survive, but unfortunately, many others do not. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for fire. Reduce your risk by preparing now to protect your family, home, business and property. Preparing Your Home for a Wildfire The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of a fire. Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Select...

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#bcflood #flood2018

Personal Emergency Preparedness

We're all seeing the hashtags on social media right now.  British Columbia is flooding.  New Brunswick did experience a catastrophic flood already this year and is now in the process of recovering.  Alberta is preparing for possible flooding.  Forest fires are already starting.  There's an active volcano erupting on the Big Island of Hawai'i.  The climate is changing.  Weather patterns are unpredictable.  What you can predict is the need to be prepared.  You can't rely on the government or the military.  Friends, family and neighbours rely on each other. News1130 recently interviewed F.A.S.T.'s general manager.  Check out the article here ...

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