Neighbourhood Preparedness

Connect and Prepare Pilot

Victoria Ready has partnered with Building Resilient Neighbourhoods to deliver Connect and Prepare, a resilience and emergency preparedness pilot program from December 2017 to April 2018.

Connect and Prepare is about bringing neighbours together to support and empower them in their emergency preparedness. Through a series of facilitated workshops, and with the support of micro-grants and program materials, three participating Victoria neighbourhoods are learning how to strengthen their emergency preparedness and community connections.

The pilot focuses on inclusive relationship and resilience-building within neighbourhoods. Building relationships allows us to connect with others in our community to develop well-being and a support network when an emergency occurs.

Resilience is about strengthening the community’s capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Connectedness between neighbours is critical for emergency preparedness and resilience and helps make neighbourhoods safe and comfortable places to live. 

The Connect and Prepare pilot helps residents identify their neighbourhood’s assets, skills, and  challenges they may face based on their community’s risks, and to develop solutions and actions that will be most valuable to their community to prepare for, respond to and recover from a major emergency. Participants explore opportunities to become more connected and mutually supportive before, during, and after emergencies, as well as in situations that may impact their health or security.

The pilot will be reviewed in late spring. Based on participant feedback, updates to the program will be made. Victoria Ready and Building Resilient Neighbourhoods look forward to sharing the Connect and Prepare program with more neighbourhoods this year to help make Victoria a resilient city.

Victoria Ready is the City of Victoria’s Emergency Management Program, which is a division of the Victoria Fire Department. (Already on the website.)

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods is a non-profit organization that brings citizens, groups, organizations, businesses and local governments together to create more resilient communities together. Learn more.



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