Josh was a computer drafting student looking to volunteer in his home community of Regina a few years ago when he signed up with the Canadian Red Cross to help people in both small disasters and large-scale evacuations. “In the summer of 2019, I was asked to go on my first [Emergency Response Team] deployment. I was deployed to Cochran, Ontario to support a wildfire evacuation of Pikangikum First Nation. Being able to make a difference on a larger scale was very rewarding,” said Josh.
On Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m., British Columbians will join millions of people around the world to practise how to “drop, cover and hold on” during the 2020 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill.
The annual event prompts us to review our own personal emergency preparedness. On a wider scale, disaster preparedness in the province has been improved with the help of a team of experts, including those at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).