Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Starts at Home and In Community!

If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.” Transition Movement

I am currently taking an excellent MOOC from Cornell University through edX: Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology and as part of the assignments, we need to explore, research and either get involved or start a project ourselves in our own communities.

I’ve thought about many I would like to start…time and energy are always a constrain, and I’m already involved in many.

But from all the projects I would like to see happening, there are three that (in my humble opinion) are priority:

  1. Projects dealing with food and water security in the long term that involve communities at all levels and preferable from the ground up (with not much or none “red tape”). These projects have the ability to beautify places and take care of multi-age and diverse communities at the same time, reducing crime, neighbourhood neglect and isolation at the same time they strengthen food security and community interconnectedness. What I can offer: I’ve grown part of my family food for years, I’m a permaculturist and also an organic Master Gardener.
  2. Projects dealing with re-localization, sustainability and the concept of the “Right Livelihood”: i imagine a hub, a safe and nurturing place where people can meet and discuss ways to support each other in reducing their ecological footprint while creating real local economies that benefit those in real need. Where career counsellors, entrepreneurs, social investors, dreamers, friends, neighbours, all combine to offer fresh and inspiring ideas for those who are seeking real change. What can I offer: I’m a certified Career Development Practitioner with 10+ experience guiding people through career choices, business plans, (real) market research and presenting workshops
  3. The third is a project I’ve had in mind for a long time and is probably the closest to my skills, I found this article that describes want and what can be done:

A really great initiative from US (Washington state) that I would LOVE to have implemented in Surrey and beyond…I need support with this. I have the skills and experience (I am officially a First Aid and Emergency Preparedness trainer for the Canadian Red Cross and provide monthly workshops for diverse groups in communities all around Lower Mainland (under the CRC program called Smart Start); I also offer low-cost First Aid certification for registered non-profit groups/organizations. I am also a permaculturist and member of a Transition Initiative group what means that I incorporate long-term and whole-systems thinking to my EP workshops…I am also completing a certificate on Emergency Management at the BC Justice Institute and recently graduated with distinction from the online Disaster Preparedness course from the University of Pittsburgh.

I want to see this going beyond the institutional: I want our communities to be truly resilient…interested in supporting my cause? Read this article on what MYN is and let me know how you can help!

With an increasing crime rate and concern about safety in Surrey and Delta (this happens where I work), there is a need for us citizens and neighbours to step up and decide how do we want to live our lives…more police and fear won’t solve the issues…this “fixing” mentality has not worked in other communities and it won’t work for Surrey either: we need to dig deeper and see the roots of societal collapse…and we need to fight crime, isolation and fear with community, positive impact and realistic communal approach.


BTW, the MOOC I’m taking is still open for those who want to participate: https://www.edx.org/course/reclaiming-broken-places-introduction-cornellx-envsci1500x and their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/583738625103665/

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