Voluntary Sector Organizations

In the coming decades, Canada can expect more severe storms, flooding and possible influenza pandemics. According to the latest research, there are gaps in our disaster safety net, especially for the security of millions of vulnerable Canadians served by the voluntary sector.

Disasters and health emergencies can strike quickly and without warning. Voluntary sector organizations with up-to-date, comprehensive emergency plans can manage crises better and recover more quickly. An online tutorial has been developed to help you and your organization develop, implement and test a workable plan to prevent the interruption of mission-critical services in the voluntary sector, even in the event of a major disaster or service interruption. To access the tutorial, visit this link.

The Community Resiliency Handbook is intended to facilitate the active engagement of the non-profit and voluntary sector in ongoing, collaborative community resiliency strategies and to support their participation in planning for, responding to, and recovering from heath emergencies. To access the Handbook, visit the page.

Publications on organizational preparedness:

How the Red Cross works with the voluntary sector

When emergencies and disasters occur, public safety is paramount. However, the response can quickly deplete a community’s resources. The Canadian Red Cross works in collaboration with local authorities and voluntary sector organizations to address the immediate needs of those affected.  Emergency social services are delivered by volunteers and staff, all trained to national standards. Red Cross teams are on call 24 hours a day. Learn more about Red Cross services.