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How to be ready if you need to evacuate your home

With wildfires once again in the news, many Canadians are thinking about what to do if there is an evacuation order in their community. Here are some tips for being prepared, whether you are under an evacuation alert or evacuation order. 

Drones: A helpful eye in the sky

Imagine a disaster strikes and thousands upon thousands of people might be injured or trapped. How do you begin to assess the damage? Map out the impacted area? Determine where you are most needed? By using new innovations like drones, humanitarian organizations can get where they are needed faster.

The Game: A dispatch from Bosnia's makeshift camps for displaced people

In Bosnia, more than 8,000 people have arrived after travelling sometimes for years. They are looking for a safe place to live, after fleeing violence and conflict. Nicole Robicheau recently spent two weeks listening to stories from these people, and shares one that stood out to her. 

Water world: making swimming safe for everyone

Canadian Red Cross volunteer Leslie White has spent most of her life ensuring the safety of those around water. Now as a City of St. John’s Facilities Supervisor with the Department of Community Services in Newfoundland, her team oversees four aquatic centres, recreation facilities and more than 100 staff, while she volunteers with the Red Cross in multiple capacities.

How to build a fire without starting a fire

During the summer, everyone loves to get together around a good campfire. However, you need to be constantly alert to keep your fire from spreading. You also need to make sure you are fully aware of any fire bans or restrictions in your area. 

Is your pet ready for a disaster?

If a disaster or emergency were to hit today, would your pet be ready? Take our quiz to see if your emergency plan is up to the task of keeping your dog, cat or other animals safe in an emergency. 

Providing evacuees with what’s needed, when it’s needed

When people need to evacuate, they often don’t have the opportunity to take with them the basics like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers and baby supplies. Learn how the Red Cross helped provide essential items to people impacted by flooding this spring.

Why I insist my son learn how to swim

Becoming a mom has led me to reflect on my own childhood, my relationship with water and my experiences learning to swim. Now I’m seeing my own 3-year-old son fearlessly jumping in the water, learning to swim and loving the beach as much as I did.

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