In 2013, Calgary Non-profits Faced a Natural Disaster. Here’s how that helped them prepare for COVID-19.

Lessons about emergency preparedness

Why It Matters

After the 2013 flood in Calgary, the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations equipped non-profits in the community with emergency preparedness plans. Here are three tips they have for local organizations navigating the COVID-19 pandemic today.

In day-to-day life, NGOs are stable entities that look after communities. But when it comes to a pandemic like COVID-19, which reaches across borders and within offices, non-profits themselves are just as vulnerable to their immediate and fallout issues as the communities they’re trying to help.

While many in the field are reeling, emergencies have affected non-profits in similar ways in the past — and we can look to a recent example in Canada’s own backyard for learnings that apply to today’s global emergency.

The Calgary flood of 2013

In June 2013, heavy rainfall in the Rocky Mountains caused severe flooding in southern Alberta, leading Calgary to declare a state of emergency and evacuate 80,000 people from the city. F

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