A hub of Support and Services

Local supports and resources

The ARC Project team and partners have developed a one-stop, user-friendly electronic guide for children, youth and communities to access local services and resources to help them cope through and post-disaster.

Alberta Emergency Management Agency

http://www.aema.alberta.ca/

Alberta Health Services – Disaster Preparedness Resources

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/services/Page13152.aspx

Canadian Red Cross – Emergency and Disaster Services
When an emergency or disaster strikes, the Canadian Red Cross may work in partnership with first responders, public officials, emergency managers, and alongside other voluntary sector organizations to provide vital services to the public. This assistance may come in the form of emergency food and clothing, emergency lodging, reception and information, personal services and family reunification services. 

Government of Canada – Emergency Preparedness

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx

Government of Canada – Emergency Preparedness Guide
https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/yprprdnssgd/index-en.aspx

Insurance Bureau of Canada
The IBC advocates to governments and regulators, and to consumers, both commercial and personal, for property and casualty insurance that is available and affordable to all Canadians.  Their website includes a range of information on disaster preparedness and links to emergency management, as well as insurance coverage information.

The Natural Hazards Center
The Natural Hazards Center has served as a national and international clearinghouse of knowledge concerning the social science and policy aspects of disasters. The Center collects and shares research and experience related to preparedness for, response to, recovery from, and mitigation of disasters, emphasizing the link between hazards mitigation and sustainability to both producers and users of research and knowledge on extreme events.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
UNISDR’s mandate has been defined by a number of United Nations General Assembly Resolutions, the most notable of which is “to serve as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations system and regional organizations and activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields”

Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE)
DRIE, along with its affiliates the Business Continuity Management Information Exchange (BCMIE) and le Réseau d’Échange en Continuité des Opérations (RÉCO-QUÉBEC), is a non-profit association of professionals dedicated to the exchange of information on all aspects of business continuity management, from emergency response to the resumption of business as normal.

Disaster Recovery Institute Canada
DRI Canada is a non-profit organization that provides internationally recognized education and certification to business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency management professionals in Canada. These professionals empower Canadian organizations, communities and businesses to be resilient and better prepared for any emergency or disaster.

Rebuilding Lives Post-Disaster Partnership
The overall goal of the research from the Rebuilding Lives Post-Distaster Partnership is to advance knowledge in long-term disaster recovery and reconstruction by exploring community-based disaster mitigation that includes sustainability, equity and livelihoods in affected small city and rural communities in Canada, USA, Australia, India, Pakistan, and Taiwan.

Recovery After a Disaster or Emergency
Recovery takes time. Disasters are usually unexpected and can have a big impact on your emotional and physical health.  The Recovery After a Disaster or Emergency has suggestions on how to care for yourself during this stressful time.

ACEs Connection Network

http://www.acesconnection.com/

Actions for Children and Youth Resilience – UNICEF
The Actions for Children and Youth Resilience-UNICEF guide has been developed in the context of an increase in risk factors that are affecting people in general, and which have a particular impact on children, adolescents and young people. Its purpose is to provide guidance for Governments regarding the development and implementation of public policies for Disaster Risk Management (DRM). By using a multi-sectorial approach (Child/Youth Protection; Education; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-WASH; Health and Nutrition) the guide aims to secure the rights of children and youth in all circumstances.

FEMA Youth Preparedness
The FEMA Youth Preparedness Catalog supports individuals interested in promoting youth preparedness education by connecting them with existing local, state, and national programs. It also directs readers to curricula and resources that can be used to develop or sustain a program.

Youth Beyond Disasters
Youth Beyond Disasters is an association which exists to amplify the many great examples of youth led disaster risk reduction and mobilise thousands of young people to roll up their sleeves and take real action. We seek to instill confidence and a sense of permission in young people, to take sensible actions in a disaster or emergency help save lives. Collectively we are proud to share our experience with decision makers throughout high-level processes in the lead up and beyond the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Youth Creating Disaster Recovery by Design
Youth Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience (YCDR) is a research project for youth affected by disasters. YCDR is connecting with youth in disaster-affected communities in Canada and the United States. We are using art, video, and storytelling to hear directly from youth about what they need, the challenges they have faced, and how they might contribute to helping their friends, families, and communities recover from disasters.

American Academy of Pediatricians – HealthyChildren.org
Synopsis of A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings. The new book provides a dynamic resource to help parents and caregivers build resilience in children, teens, and young adults.

American Psychological Association – Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers
Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma.  For more information visit the Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers

Resilience Research Centre

http://www.resilienceresearch.org/

Center of the Developing Child Harvard University
The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.  The Center catalyzes local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on children and families. They design, test, and implement these ideas in collaboration with a broad network of research, practice, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders.

Alberta Emergency Management Agency
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) leads the coordination, collaboration and co-operation of all organizations involved in the prevention, preparedness and response to disasters and emergencies.

Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)
The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) plans and coordinates emergency services and resources during major emergencies and disasters. CEMA works with other City departments, corporations, communities and non-profit agencies to increase Calgary’s capacity to be prepared for and recover more quickly from a disaster.

Emergency Social Services Network of Alberta
Emergency Social Services (ESS) provides for emotional and physical needs of individuals and families affected by an emergency or disaster for up to 72 hours (possibly more in extraordinary circumstances).  During this time, affected individuals and families can make arrangements for longer term support as required by accessing personal, insurance, non-governmental and/or governmental resources as appropriate.  The Emergency Social Services Network of Alberta operates under a set of guidelines established in a Terms of Reference dated November 5, 2012.  The terms of reference identify the network’s goals, deliverables, establishes the terms for a Provincial Committee.

High River is Ready
High River is Ready provides alerts, notifications and resources to help High River residents and businesses stay informed and prepared for future emergencies.

Town of High River Household Emergency Management Guide
If an emergency happens in High River, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. Use the Town of High River Household Emergency Management Guide to create your own emergency plan. The guide includes forms to complete and activity pages that will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency.

Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction – Public Safety Canada
Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was established in 2009 as a multi-stakeholder national mechanism that coordinates and advises on areas of priority requiring concerted action.  It has national oversight and leadership and is comprised of more than 500 members representing local to national levels of governance, multiple sectors and organizations to provide a whole-of-society perspective to reducing risk.

Sendai Framework: A tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework) is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and four priorities for action.  It was endorsed by the UN General Assembly following the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

 

Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)
The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) plans and coordinates emergency services and resources during major emergencies and disasters. CEMA works with other City departments, corporations, communities and non-profit agencies to increase Calgary’s capacity to be prepared for and recover more quickly from a disaster.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal government representing 90 per cent of Canada’s municipal population. FCM actively advocates for the needs of municipalities – and their citizens – to be reflected in federal policies and programs.  There are many areas of focus, including Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Our High River
The Our High River website has four main purposes; to connect you to each other, to provide a space for you to work on projects together, to provide you with resources & tools to help you move ideas to action, and to highlight events and initiatives that are being championed to foster community connection.

Centre for Community Disaster Research
The Centre for Community Disaster Research is a trans-disciplinary centre for research, education, and outreach related to natural, social, technological and economic disasters. The Centre is mandated with promoting rigorous academic research that is led by community need and involves university researchers, students, community groups, government stakeholders, and end-users of research as meaningful partners.

High River Family Study
“The Effects and Implications of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River Alberta Floods”, explores family members’ struggles, difficulties, strengths, coping strategies, and needs resulting from the 2013 floods in the community of High River, Alberta.  This study examines communication, coping, and caring in family life post-disaster in order to determine how family life is altered by the disaster context, how experiencing a disaster influences family interactions and relations both inside and outside of the family, and how families manage and function during and after a disaster.

Rebuilding Lives Post-Disaster Partnership
The overall goal of the research from the Rebuilding Lives Post-Disaster Partnership is to advance knowledge in long-term disaster recovery and reconstruction by exploring community-based disaster mitigation that includes sustainability, equity and livelihoods in affected small city and rural communities in Canada, USA, Australia, India, Pakistan, and Taiwan.

Youth Creating Disaster Recovery by Design
Youth Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience (YCDR) is a research project for youth affected by disasters. YCDR is connecting with youth in disaster-affected communities in Canada and the United States. We are using art, video, and storytelling to hear directly from youth about what they need, the challenges they have faced, and how they might contribute to helping their friends, families, and communities recover from disasters.

National Centre for Disaster Preparedness
The National Centre for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute works to understand and improve the nation’s capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. NCDP focuses on the readiness of governmental and non-governmental systems; the complexities of population recovery; the power of community engagement; and the risks of human vulnerability, with a particular focus on children.