Learn more about Disaster Preparedness workshops

Disasters come in all sorts of shapes and sizes: fires, floods, power failures and earthquakes are In the spring of 2007, we officially launched SmartStart: Personal Disaster Preparedness.  In 2009, over 50 SmartStart: Personal Disaster Preparedness workshops were delivered by volunteers in one of 18 languages to over 1,800 participants.

By attending this workshop, newcomers and others who don’t speak English can learn:

In this 2.5 hour workshop, participants learn practical skills in their own language or in ESL and in a culturally appropriate manner to help their families. This workshop is particularly relevant to parents and caregivers of children and the elderly.

Personal Disaster Preparedness is available to community groups, ESL classes, caregivers or a group of friends who want to learn together.  Trained Red Cross instructors, with materials provided in partnership with municipal emergency services, will teach in one of the following languages:

* Currently available in Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, Dutch, ESL, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese

Some of the people we have trained include:

  • The elderly living on their own

  • Women and single mothers who do not speak English

  • New immigrants and refugees facing financial challenges

  • Child care providers

  • Those facing additional challenges within the non-English speaking community, such as isolation, disabilities and drug or alcohol addictions

How to arrange a Personal Disaster Preparedness workshop

Workshops will be provided on a by donation basis to groups who speak one of the languages listed or are enrolled in an ESL class or group. The classes are conducted at YOUR meeting place and instructors will try to fit into your schedule as much as possible.