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Emergency Preparedness - the Essentials

UPDATE March 12 - just added an approximate 4pm end time (you can leave anytime, of course).  Don't know where we'll go for drinks/coffee afterwards; close by, though.

If anyone is taking transit, someone (me) can drop you off at the CTrain if needed.

UPDATE Feb 25 - note: the Parkland Community Hall (where we will meet) is across the street from the Community CenterBe sure to go to the correct building!  The Hall is sitting in the middle of the soccer fields.  It is a small parking lot but there is street parking available.

UPDATE Feb 20 - change in location, to Parkland.  No changes to the event.


Plan "C" - CANADIAN EMERGENCY PREPARDNESS is a group of people looking to the future that could be.

How ready are you to handle an emergency situation that goes beyond your own immediate control?

Do you have supplies you'd need if the power goes out?

Not just some candles & matches & tinned soup, though...
- what if it's out for several days?
- what if it's several weeks?
- what if it never comes back on???

Is your home safe in case of the unthinkable?  No power, no heat (do you have emergency firewood if you have a wood stove?), no running water?  How long would you last if it happened as you were reading this???

Are you sufficiently stocked up if winter snowstorms keep you housebound for a week?  Do you have the supplies, tools, and a plan, to dig yourself out when it's over?

The June 2013 Alberta flood and the January 2014 ice storm in Ontario (not to mention the severe dumpings of snow Calgary received earlier this winter), were cold, hard reminders that you may not be as ready as you should be, for what might happen by nature - not to mention by the hand of man!

Come out today with DSN, to join the Plan C group for some information, lectures & chat about the why/when/where/who/how's of emergency preparations.  They run regular meetings, share ideas, resources & thoughts on a variety of subjects.

The group is run by volunteers, some of whom have some experience in this field (whether by education, personal experience, or future planning themselves).

They know that many of us DSNers will be new to this subject, but I believe we'll get some good exposure to the concept, and some good ideas on what to do if the lights go out.

The more you know, the better off you'll be.

COST: $1 DSN Fee to me (David R) - this will be donated to the Plan C group to help offset the hall rental, etc.; optional donation appreciated - if you learn something useful, especially!

We can go to a local pub or coffeehouse afterwards to get something to eat/drink, socialize further & maybe draw up some personal survival plans!

I will have some for people to borrow (pads, paper & pens).


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  • Cody T.

    when will the next one be?

    March 15, 2014

    • David R

      The Plan C group has another event (same basic description) set up for 2 weeks from now -­ - perhaps because of the positive turnout today via the Meetup community.

      Anyone who missed today's meeting could certainly benefit by going to that one. Their (typical) quarterly meetings will likely be more focused on certain areas, rather than a broad concept like the Basics. DSN has always tried to stay somewhat unique (or, mainstream!) in its activities, but I expect we will join up with them from time to time, simply because it's not really a competitive group to DSN's typical activities, and can offer information that is of great practical use.

      I will take what I've learned and add it to an ongoing idea I've had for a similar sort of event specific to DSN, sometime in the next 4-6 weeks, but if you missed today's, do join them!

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does the event cover Zombies?

    March 15, 2014

    • David R

      Zombies are covered in the Risk Assessment matrix, under the category "Undead" and sub-category "Walkers".
      Full-speed, 28 Days Later-type Runners, are explicitly not covered, because basically, if you're facing them, you're toast.

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • David R

    Thanks for the DSNers who made it out today; they were impressed by the difference Meetup made to their numbers.
    I made a page full of notes, mostly extending my own thoughts on planning ahead, but I learned a few new ways to look at things, so I found it quite helpful!

    I've got enough ideas to prepare my own version of this in a typical DSN style - at a pub, with drinks!!! See you soon!

    March 15, 2014

  • Daryl M.

    Can't make this one but hope this meeting is repeated soon

    March 15, 2014

  • wade b.

    David R.:

    how long is this event and where is the coffee place that you are going to after the event....? I need to know this to book my transportation.

    March 12, 2014

    • David R

      I've just added an update:
      It may go until 4pm, but people can leave anytime... since it's not a movie or concert, there's no specific duration.
      Don't know where we'll go for coffee or drinks (I will try to scout out the area on Friday so I have a better idea), but I (or someone) can drop people off at a CTrain station after drinks (or maybe someone will go straight after the lecture).
      Sometimes, one must just 'go with the flow'...

      1 · March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be going for one last snowshoe...

    March 9, 2014

  • Seanna

    That's too bad. I would have liked to go to this, but I'll be heading to Vancouver this day. :(

    February 6, 2014

    • David R

      The external group that does these, joined Meetup for its tools & to create more local community - they will continue to hold their (monthly) meetings like this. It's such a good idea to be prepared & have some plans in place, DSN could very well return in future!

      1 · February 18, 2014

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