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Spreading the word to help reduce risks in communities

Many Canadians don't know the risks in their community, so recently Canadian Red Cross volunteers went door-to-door in communities to share information to spread awareness about risks like fires and floods, and the actions residents can take to prepare for potential disasters and emergencies. 

What's missing in your emergency kit ?

One of the best ways to be flood ready is to have an emergency kit in your home with enough supplies to meet your family’s needs for at least 72 hours. Most people remember to put the basics in their kit like, a first aid kit, non-perishable food, and water but there are things you may not think to include that you and your family need.

As a Walmart associate, Carmen is raising funds to help people like her who have been affected by disasters

When the tornadoes hit the Mont-Bleu neighbourhood on September 21st of last year, Carmen was behind the wheel. She had no idea that a tornado was coming. Carmen has been a Walmart associate at the Plateau branch for nearly 10 years and doesn’t carry her cellphone with her at work.

Be ready for flooding checklist

Research shows that only 6% of Canadians are aware of the flood risks in their area. However, there are simple things every homeowner can do to prepare themselves for flooding this season. Be ready for flooding with this checklist.
 

Do you know the cold, hard facts about winter safety ?

While winter is a beautiful season in Canada, the extreme cold weather and heavy snowfall creates a variety of risks. Are you prepared for emergencies this winter ? Test your winter safety knowledge with this quiz.

Snow day activities to entertain the whole family

With all this unruly winter weather lately, it is important to limit travel as much as possible. If you are snowed in all is not lost. Here are some fun snow day activates to prevent any stir craziness.

What can we do to better prepare communities for floods?

Floods are one of the most common and costly disasters. However, even though flooding is common throughout Canada, most homeowners are unaware of the risk. In 2018, Partners for Action partnered with Canadian Red Cross to develop a project designed to inform Canadians about the risks and create more resilient communities.

Great for humans, not great for homes: Sudden rise in winter temperature increases flooding risk

With recent extreme cold weather, it is very natural to feel a sense of relief when you see temperatures rising. Great for our human bodies not meant to be in -20 degree temperature for more than 10 minutes without risking frostbite, but not so great for other risks such as flooding and ice strength.

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