Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events

Are you ready?

Green 13 in collaboration with CREW (crewtoronto.ca) has initiated a Ward 13/14 Roundtable on Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events. Learn more on this blog https://tinyurl.com/G13roundtable

Help boost preparedness, plan future information sessions, and expand this network.

 

Building Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events
At the end of 2012 the City published Toronto’s Future Weather and Climate Drivers Study  http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonlyvgnextoid=b8170744ee0e1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD 
This past summer we experienced heat waves, such as are anticipated in the study. Heat waves are one example of extreme weather for which we need to prepare ourselves. Extended power outages can result from events such as an ice storm, flooding, heat waves, and other examples of extreme weather events. 
The flooding and ice storm of 2013, the heat waves of 2016, serve as a wake up call for our community. We can rise to the challenge of building greater preparedness - both at the household level and at the community level for future extreme weather events.
On January 14, 2017, Green 13 held the inaugural Ward 13/14 Roundtable on Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events. http://www.green13toronto.org/blog/ward-1314-roundtable-community-preparedness-extreme-weather-events  We brought together representatives from as many stakeholder groups as possible in our ward in order to connect and begin to build a network of preparedness for extreme weather events.

Our call for volunteers!
1.  If your community group/association was not represented at the January 14 meeting, please contact green13@green13toronto.org
2. Help bring word of the Get Emergency Ready! toolkit to your household, block, neighbourhood, association.
http://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/Office%20of%20Emergency%20Management/Files/pdf/O/A1605624%20GetEmergencyReadyGuideAccessible-v4.pdf
3. Share word of the City’s portals:
• Extreme Weather Portal: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=f33dd8f3e3214510VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
• Emergency Management: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=4b3307ceb6f8e310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
and of the CREW website, Community Resilience to Extreme Weather:  http://www.crewtoronto.ca
4. Help develop a web platform to house information pertaining to Ward 13/14 Extreme Weather Preparedness 
5. Help plan future information sessions, and expand the network.  If your community group was not represented at the January 14 meeting, please contact green13@green13toronto.org
6. Help with social media and postering for events

Save the date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017:
Public Health and Climate Change
Tuesday, April 11, 6:45 pm
Annette Library, 145 Annette St.
Green 13 is pleased to announce that the evening of Tuesday, April 11, 6:45 pm Carol Mee, Manager, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health, will speak at Annette Library. Ms. Mee is the lead manager for the recent "Climate Change and Health Strategy 2016" for the City. We’ve asked her to please speak about public health and climate change (e.g. heat waves; extreme cold; insect-borne disease such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease; asthma…), new Ward Health Profiles (Ward 13, Ward 14), and considerations around vulnerability (e.g. confidentiality). This presentation is part of a series of follow-up events emerging from the recent Ward 13/14 Roundtable on Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather events, http://www.green13toronto.org/blog/ward-1314-roundtable-community-preparedness-extreme-weather-events  Free. Please join us, meet your neighbours, and help build community resilience.