Citizens & Emergency Preparedness
Community of Practice

Next Meeting

Date: September 12, 2017 1:00 - 2:00pm EDT

Topic: Why Citizens Should Prepare for Emergencies & How to Do It

This is the initial meeting of members of this Community of Practice (CoP) which has been created to:

  • Explore the roles and readiness citizens to navigate emergencies
  • Highlight promising practices and resources on this topic
  • Emphasize and explore the importance of residents caring for one another, why it matters and how to “create an ecology of caring” in our communities that will benefit us all; and,
  • Engage members of this CoP to co-create a series of recommendations for key stakeholders on how to collaborate and maximize the emergency preparedness of citizens.

About

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; to enhance their practice; and, to share 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:

  • Explore issues related to engaging/informing citizens about the purpose and value of preparing for emergencies
  • Highlight promising practices from CoP members and subject-matter experts from other jurisdictions via guest presentations
  • Enable participants to explore this issue of growing community concern in a proactive and holistic way
  • Ultimately invite members to work together to develop a set of recommendations for key stakeholders on how to maximize citizen Emergency Preparedness

Benefits of Membership

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.

Our Commitment

  • Provide the technology to support this Community of Practice for individuals whose work involves emergency preparedness and/or holds an interest in engaging citizens to effectively respond in times of emergencies
  • Identify and connect those interested in this topic with peers from across the country and around the world and engage subject-matter experts to identify promising practices and useful resources
  • Identify potential areas for research and development
  • Facilitate mentorship amongst CoP members to build individual capability and offer a communication channel for peers to connect and provide one another with mutual support
  • Invite members to co-develop a set of recommendations for key stakeholders on how to maximize citizen Emergency Preparedness to share with the field.

Our Members

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:

  • Municipal staff whose portfolio includes Emergency Preparedness and/or Community Resiliency
  • Interested non-profit leaders
  • Citizen Leaders
  • Neighbourhood Association Members
  • Insurance Industry representatives
  • Foundations and funders

Still have questions?

Reach out to Sylvia at: sylvia@tamarackcommunity.ca

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