Brazeau County: Emergency Preparedness – A Community Lens
The Brazeau County Healthy Communities Coalition vision is to build a healthy community where people are connected, supported, resilient and safe.
The coalition has an Emergency Preparedness subcommittee that was formed to address emergency preparedness through community awareness and education and by encouraging inclusive community planning and collaboration.
This collaborative team includes RCMP, Fire, Wild Rose School Division, Alberta Health Services (Health Promotion, Public Health Inspection
Between 2016 and 2018, the team addressed Emergency Preparedness by hosting a workshop to engage the
Community feedback is critical to determine the efforts of any committee work. Through community engagement, conversations, and self-reflection, the team gathered feedback and began prioritizing action. The team decided they would focus on helping the community be even more prepared for a potential disaster such as fires, chemical spills, winter storms, and industrial incidents.
The group learned about the Psychosocial First Aid, which is the ability to prevent and manage post-trauma stress in survivors of disasters. This included the spectrum of support needed to properly handle disasters such as mental health, social services, finical assistance, and navigation as well as other post-disaster needs. Addressing the psychosocial needs in initial planning was determined to truly prepare their communities should disaster strike.