ePACT was inspired by our friend Ayumi, who was separated from her two daughters during the horrific 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Without any phone or text communications available, Ayumi had no idea if her family was safe. A full 24 hours after the disaster occurred, she was relieved to receive an email from her mother who had collected the girls from school and was caring for them during the crisis.
After hearing Ayumi’s story, we looked in our own backyard and learned that North America has its own emergency management gaps: whether relying on phone trees and paper emergency forms in most of our organizations, or neglecting to create personal plans for our families. We were surprised to find that the power of technology had not yet been fully harnessed to prepare for the unexpected. So as technology entrepreneurs, businesspeople and parents, we knew we had a chance to make a difference – to fundamentally change how people across the globe prepare for emergencies.
We developed ePACT as the ‘LinkedIn for emergencies’ to navigate unexpected events, increase safety and provide the best possible outcome in any crisis, large or small. The ePACT name was originally based on an acronym of what’s required for a family to manage the four stages of an emergency – emergencies: Prepare, Act, Connect, Thrive.
However, when families first started to use ePACT, they felt they were making an “electronic pact” to support one another, given the connections they made to organizations, friends, and relatives via their ePACT account. We were so delighted that families felt ePACT was helping them build their own emergency support networks, that we removed the original acronym from our logo and became “Your Emergency Network”.
We are proud to offer ePACT as your emergency network, better connecting and protecting your family and organizations, while building stronger, more resilient communities.
In 2017, ePACT Network was honoured with the North Vancouver Chamber Business of the Year Award. Motion Picture Arts students, from Capilano University in North Vancouver, produced a commemorative film for us that you can watch here – we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!