Date: November 24th 2022- from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET.
In our upcoming session we are sharing the story of the small but mighty town of Gander, Newfoundland and their community response to 9/11 as they took in 6700 stranded passengers, effectively doubling their population in the matter of hours.
This story will be shared by Mac Moss, the author of “Flown into the Arms of Angels: Newfoundland & Labrador’s Unsung Heroes of 9/11”. Mac has interviewed municipal and service organization leaders of that time, former airport personnel, members of the RCMP and Canadian Red Cross, educators, clergy, and many others who volunteered to give the passengers shelter, food, laundry, and love. Mac himself was at the center of organizing and the relief operations as the Principal of the local school that took in 300 passengers.
We will talk about what key pieces were in place that enabled the community to be well prepared and respond at a scale and speed that they did.
We will then move into an open Q&A and discussion as we engage with peers from across the country and explore using community engagement as a powerful way to respond quickly on the ground and the citizen's role in emergency preparedness.
As we prepare for 2023, we would also like to hear from you what is your hope for this session and what topics and challenges you would like us to explore in this space. Are there any specifics you would like us to dive deeper into? Please let us know!
This Community of Practice is FREE to attend and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about this topic and connecting with others in this space.
Our sessions happen the 4th Thursday bi-monthly. Save the date for upcoming CoP calls:
To learn more about this CoP please reach out to Astrid Arumae
This CoP is made up of a group of peers committed to sharing and learning from one another to accelerate their collective understanding of the role of citizens and communities in preparing for emergencies; enhancing their practice; and, sharing their knowledge and insights across the field.
We will share our own experiences and draw upon the knowledge and expertise of a variety of thought-leaders in this field to enable us to deepen our understanding of this issue. We will also identify and post useful resources and stories to illustrate promising practices. Specifically, the members of this CoP will:
By joining this unique CoP you will share your experiences and knowledge in free-flowing and creative ways with interested leaders from a diversity of sectors who share your interest in this topic.
The conversations facilitated through this CoP with your peers, from across Canada and around the world, will enable you to uncover and learn about innovative approaches to this issue, share helpful resources, access new ideas and contribute to the transfer of best practices.
The Citizens & Emergency Preparedness Community of Practice is a diverse group of participants who are from many different places and work within many different settings but share a common interest in this topic. Here are some of the groups that we hope will take part:
Reach out to Astrid Arumae