Disaster Aid Canada and the Rotary Club of Ladysmith Support Community Emergency Preparedness

While it is hard to not go out, not to be able to visit or shop; there are still things you can do. How about helping your community prepare for the next Natural Disaster?
 
Rotary Clubs and other organisations can help communities with their emergency preparedness programs. For Rotary Clubs it is often possible to access District Grants and Community Gaming Grants. Other organisations may be able to receive gaming grants or have access to other sources. If you are interested in working with Disaster Aid Canada to support Emergency Preparedness in your community you can reach us at info@disasteraid.ca.
 
 
In June 2020 Disaster Aid Canada will be moving its operation to Ladysmith to be in a more central location and closer to our Sponsors, the Rotary Club of Ladysmith, and to reduce operating costs. We are partnering with Ladysmith Search and Rescue (LSAR) on a proposal to share space for storing equipment and materials, offices and later a training facility. Our longer term goal is to set up an Emergency Preparedness Hub and storage area for LSAR vehicles, equipment and our Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness materials. The partnership of LSAR and DAC is bound to be beneficial if the town or surrounding area experiences a serious emergency. 
 
Disaster Aid Canada is already involved in Emergency Preparedness with several communities, a Condo Strata Council and private individuals. 
 
The Rotary Club of Sooke has purchased 13 Community Emergency Relief Kits including tents, toolkits, cooking kits and much more. They are working with the Emergency Services Societies in their area to determine where the kits will be located. Funds were secured through Rotary District and Club grants along with community fundraisers. They plan to continue fundraising to ensure enough of the kits are set up for the whole community. Read the story here: https://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/sooke-rotary-program-keeps-communities-prepared/
 
The Rotary Club of Ladysmith applied for and received a BC Community Gaming Grant in order to donate four Community Emergency Relief kits to the town of Ladysmith and the Ladysmith Senior Secondary Interact Club has committed to raise funds for another one. The kits will be prepared in Victoria and delivered to the Firehall for distribution as soon as the present situation allows.
 
A major Victoria condominium strata council purchased 5 kits to be distributed along with other emergency preparedness equipment on their site in Victoria and several individuals have purchased complete kits including tents for themselves.
 
Rotary Clubs and other organisations can help communities with their emergency preparedness programs. For Rotary Clubs it is often possible to access District Grants and Community Gaming Grants. Other organisations may be able to receive gaming grants or have access to other sources. If you are interested in working with Disaster Aid Canada to support Emergency Preparedness in your community you can reach us at info@disasteraid.ca.
 
The goal of Disaster Aid Canada is to be the most effective organisation in our field, to be a learning organisation, always striving to improve, and to be a collaborative organisation, using the skills of our other Disaster Aid International partners, local Rotarians and the resources available to us through Rotary International. www.disasteraid.ca
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