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Dispelling 5 common disaster myths

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Statistics show that only one out of three Canadians will take steps to be prepared for a disaster - which means the majority of us are not prepared in case of emergency. This could be for few reasons so we want to dispel five common disaster myths.

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Moving day: Tips to avoid injuries on the big day

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Are you currently packing boxes for a fast approaching move? Having lived through my own move recently believing I was prepared for any contingency, and after a few minor injuries, I compiled a few tips so you can avoid injuries when the day comes.

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Getting organized to move: Where do you start?

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Having been through a move recently myself believing I was prepared for any contingency, I still wished I had read the Moving for Dummies guide first! After a few (minor) injuries and several ups and downs, here are a few hard won bits of advice to help you prepare for your move.

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Disaster planning when living with disabilities

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For people living with disabilities, preparing for disasters will need to take into account personal needs, such as mobility before, during and after a disaster – especially if there’s no power.

Here are some tips for disaster planning when living with disabilities.

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Finding purpose in service: Bobbi Montean, Red Cross Volunteer

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“Be open. Be willing to try something you’ve never ever done before.”
 
Looking back on over 30 years of volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross, Bobbi Montean speaks from a wealth of experience.

Bobbi Montean smiling wearing white winter jacket

How to enjoy summer during a pandemic

Boy playing in a sprinkler.

It’s been a difficult year and the last few months have probably felt longer. Now that the weather is warming, it’s natural to want to spend as much time outside as possible. With that in mind, we have some tips to keep you safe this summer.

Boy playing in a sprinkler.

How to adapt your emergency car kit for summer in a pandemic

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We know it’s important to have an emergency kit for our homes – one that prepares us for up to 72 hours after a disaster - should help not be able to arrive until then; but do you have an emergency kit prepared for your car?

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Would you know what to do in case of a landslide like the one in Saint-Jean-Vianney?

Historical black and white photo of the landslide - a rubble and mud slide with houses perched precariously at the edge.

Fifty years ago, on May 4, 1971, a landslide swallowed 56 homes in the village of Saint-Jean-Vianney in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, claiming 31 lives and forcing 1,342 people to seek refuge in reception centres and shelters.
 

Historical black and white photo of the landslide - a rubble and mud slide with houses perched precariously at the edge.

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