Emergency Preparedness Boosted at Special Community Event

2019-02-06T15:12:11+00:00February 4, 2019|

People who live and work in Richmond can learn more about emergency preparedness and other community safety initiatives at a special community event on Wednesday, February 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at the urban park outside of the London Drugs location at Ironwood Plaza.

Richmond, BC – People who live and work in Richmond can learn more about emergency preparedness and other community safety initiatives at a special community event on Wednesday, February 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at the urban park outside of the London Drugs location at Ironwood Plaza.

Participants will be able to get information about how to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for emergencies of all size and sign up on the spot to receive notifications through Richmond BC Alert, the City’s Emergency Notification System. Richmond Fire-Rescue will also be providing information on their safety programs and showcasing the newest addition to its fleet, a Quint 6 Fire Truck. The special event is being hosted by the City of Richmond’s Emergency Programs team, in collaboration with London Drugs, Richmond Fire-Rescue and Richmond’s Smart Cities Challenge Project Office.

Resilient communities are built through collaboration and partnerships, and London Drugs has been a champion in promoting emergency preparedness amongst the public and business communities. Furthering their commitment to community safety, London Drugs recently became a recognized supplier of goods and services for Emergency Social Services for the City of Richmond, a program which supports people in times of need and crisis. London Drugs is already a voluntary retailer for Partners in Preparedness, a provincial emergency preparedness initiative focusing on businesses, led by Emergency Management British Columbia. On Wednesday, London Drugs will be featuring emergency preparedness items throughout the store, to help residents build their emergency kits.

Visitors to this event will also have the opportunity to learn more about Richmond’s Smart Cities Challenge proposal, which revolves around developing resilient physical and virtual platforms that are integrated seamlessly across all levels of government to enhance quality of life in day-to-day activities and minimize community impacts from major disasters.

The City of Richmond is one of 10 finalists competing for one of two $10 million prizes in Infrastructure Canada’s nation-wide Smart Cities Challenge. The national completion encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

For more information on the City’s proposal and the Smart Cities Challenge visit smartcity.richmond.ca. More information about the Smart Cities Challenge is also available on the Infrastructure Canada (INFC) website: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/cities-villes/index-eng.html.

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