Vancouver's Leader in Transition toward Strong, Resilient, Complete Communities
Personal, neighbourhood and community preparedness .
Examining all aspects of planning/action to make ourselves and communities more resillient to emergencies, be they short (earthquake) or longer term (climate change, peak oil).
Latest Activity: Dec 5, 2012
Disasters, such as a massive earthquake or a severe weather event resulting in lengthy power outage are major events that can strike anywhere and at any time. In a widespread serious emergency, traditional 911 and First Responder capabilities such as fire, police, medics, and utility personnel may be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist individuals and families. People may be on their own for days following the disaster and perhaps longer, depending on the emergency.
Our local worst case scenario might well be an earthquake, for which there is no warning, and thus no chance to evacuate. Being well prepared at home and at work, along with being able to know and trust your neighbours, is more than a good idea; it could be life-saving and can give us peace of mind.
While being individually prepared is important, preparing your neighbourhood is also vital! The YOYO acronym “You're On Your Own” will mean that neighbours will likely be the first ones to offer assistance. Neighbours who are prepared are more effective in their response to an emergency and have an increased capacity to enhance self-sufficiency of those around them in the aftermath of a disaster.
Village Vancouver, starting with the Dunbar Transition Village, is organizing planning and training for individuals, neighbourhoods (small areas of a few blocks at a time) and the wider Dunbar community. Working with the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program, the Dunbar Residents Association, the Dunbar Business Improvement Association and concerned individuals, VV is developing a framework for planning and preparation with the goal to rollout the program to other Transition neighbourhoods. A broad range of issues are being addressed including food security, emergency power management, communication, first aid, etc.
We’re inviting participation from other villages and individuals, with the knowledge that this is a community focused activity.
We’ll be building on some of the excellent work pioneered by the L2020 group in Port Townsend and Methow Valley in Washington USA and the Vancouver NEPP website. The following resources provide a good starting point for becoming more informed:
The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is overwhelming and provides a real life example of how important community response is in reestablishing services to meet basic human needs.There are a…Continue
Ann Pacey presented an insightful talk to a local group of North Shore neighbours mainly from Lower Lonsdale, Capilano and Lynn Valley areas last night. Her presentation and the model seems so…Continue
Two articles have been published in the Dunbar Residents Association newsletter, explaining the DEEP program. They are attached.…Continue