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.