Tag: emergency planning

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National Preparedness Month – How to Practice for an Emergency

Today marks the end of National Preparedness Month in the U.S, and what better way to end it than with America’s PrepareAthon? We encourage everyone to register for today’s PrepareAthon, which is America’s movement to stay safe during disasters. Once you’ve registered it’s time to take action. A great way to do this is by...

National Preparedness Month – Create a Family Communication Plan
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National Preparedness Month – Create a Family Communication Plan

Wow, where has September gone? We are already in week two of National Preparedness Month, with a ton of fantastic initiatives taking place across the nation. So far we’ve seen families packing emergency kits and discussing plans with their children, employers identifying meeting places, teachers integrating preparedness into lesson plans, and communities coming together at...

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Beauty and the Beasts of Natural Disasters

Guest blog by Cheryl Nelson. It’s not every day that you think beauty and preparedness coincide, but there are always exceptions. ePACT was lucky enough to sit down with the reigning Mrs. Virginia International, Cheryl Nelson, to discuss the importance of natural disaster preparedness. Cheryl has worked with some amazing organizations to help increase awareness...

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National Home Fire Safety Week

National Home Fire Safety Week kicks off today November 24th, and lasts until November 30th. Each week in Canada an average of eight people lose their lives to fires, and approximately 75% of those deaths occur due to residential fires, which predominantly start in the kitchen. During Home Fire Safety Week, the Canada Safety Council...

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John Oliver – Case Study

On September 27th 2011, John Oliver Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C., was placed under lockdown. An armed man was present in the area surrounding the school, and police were called to the scene at 1pm after reports of several shots fired. In the end, the gunman barricaded himself in a home, resulting in a stand-off with...

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School Safety Week – Playground Safety

We are halfway through National School Safety week, from October 17th to 23rd! To kick off this safety week we looked at activities for teachers to promote healthy homes, healthy kids and healthy schools. Outside of the classroom, playground safety is another important consideration for a fun-filled recess and lunch hour. The playground is a space where...

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School Safety Week – Teacher Activities

National School Safety week kicks off today, from October 17th to 23rd and this year’s focus is health! Healthy homes, healthy kids, and healthy schools are all an important facet of each community and instilling good health practices at a young age is imperative. Exercise, healthy eating and positive relationships are all significant ways to focus on...

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ShakeOut and Earthquake Preparedness for the Family

Most of us have practiced earthquake drills at school, but have you practiced in the comfort of your own home? Living in British Columbia, we have all been waiting for “the big one” for some time now, but are we really prepared? Earthquakes aren’t limited to the time you spend at school, stressing the importance...

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Twitter Alerts and ePACT

On September 25th, Twitter announced the launch of the exciting new Twitter Alerts feature, allowing authorized public institutions and NGOs to push updates and messages during crises to users via Tweets and SMS. These updates will be flagged as a critical alert, supplying emergency information specific to areas impacted by large scale disasters or when...