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CASE STUDY | Strengthening the Role of Faith-Based Organizations to Support Emergency Preparedness

Cities Deepening Community, Heather Keam, Case Studies, Sheila Murray

All levels of government ask residents to create an emergency kit and a plan that ensures they can look after themselves for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency. Most Canadians, especially those who live in cities, have never made those preparations. There is an obvious need for robust messaging, education and action around local community response and recovery.

Faith groups can add great value to local emergency response structures and systems. Many of them already serve their most vulnerable neighbours through regular drop-in or meal programs. Others provide overnight shelter through initiatives such as Out of the Cold. Faith groups offer local community connections, volunteer mobilization, and locally relevant resources that can enhance response and recovery effectiveness.

Heather Keam

By Heather Keam

Heather is happy to be part of the Vibrant Communities team as the Manager of Cities, Cities Deepening Community. Before this position she was the Manager of Learning Services where she organized Community of Practices, learning opportunities, tools and resources for community change. Heather brings over 12 years of public health knowledge to this position.

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