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Emergency Preparedness – Just Do It!

26 Jan

EmergencyKitRecently Vancouver Fire & Rescue sent out a tweet which summarized some recent events which we will now quote:

“We’ve had numerous “warning” events: ’15 windstorm, ’15 earthquake, wildfires, port fire, and the recent tsunami and railyard fire.  Have you started building a Grab-n-Go bag and 72-hr Preparedness Kit? Don’t wait for the next event, start TODAY.” 

So have you started yet?  We are fairly organized and have kits in various spots including the closet at home, a bag in the car, one at the office and after attending an Emergency Preparedness Workshop offered by the City, we now have a ‘Grab N Go Bag’.  Are these kits perfect?  Absolutely not, but they are a start? Yes.  Once you start, items can easily be added.

There are so many simple things anyone can do to prepare for an emergency such as keeping a pair of walking shoes in the car.  After that, add a first aid kit and a blanket. At work, again keep some walking shoes handy along with a change of clothes. The Grab N’ Go should have some essentials like medications, cash and your insurance papers.   We found keeping a typed list of the items in each bag printed out made updating and replacing items easier.   There are many other considerations such as for your pets, communication plans for members of your family, becoming familiar with disaster routes in the City.

If you haven’t already started a kit, we recommend some simple steps to get things started including buying and setting aside a bag, add a blanket and some water. Next grocery run, pick up some bottled water, add some food. While putting your kit together, keep your kids and pets in mind.  We find adding things as you go is more manageable cost wise and time wise.   What we highly recommend is taking the 1 hour and 1 ½ hours to attend a free workshop offered by the City of Vancouver.  These workshops have valuable information on things you may never have considered.  Workshops are geared to families, seniors and are even provided in different languages.   So whether an emergency is an earthquake, flood, fire, or something else, you are somewhat prepared. As the Nike slogan said so well “Just Do It!”

On that note, we are setting out some links for the City of Vancouver one of which shows you how to Build Your Own Emergency Kit.  If you wish to get your pet prepared for an emergency, visit Pet Emergency Preparedness. Become familiar with the City’s Disaster Route Map. Did you know 41st Avenue and Boundary Road are 2 main routes?   If you live in a condominium with a number of units, we understand that the City will come to you to present to a group of residents.  Contact them directly for further information. Either way, if you haven’t already, get started on a plan.

To sign up for one of the free workshops, visit City of Vancouver.  If you are interested in volunteering in the event of an emergency, the City needs people to do that in all areas of the City. To learn more visit, How You Can Help In An Emergency.

Draw Down Is Coming Saturday, June 15th

12 Jun


Draw Down is coming to Vancouver on Saturday, June 15th. This is a city-wide one day celebration of drawing.  Bring your creativity and come out and draw!  There will be over 35 FREE drawing workshops all around Vancouver. Many of them taking place in East Vancouver. Here’s a sampling of what you will find:

Uncontrolled Abstract Mail Art Postcards,
Mystery Faces Plus Let Us Draw You!

At Britannia Community Centre 1661 Napier Street, Classes start at 1:00 p.m.

Conducting three different workshops.

Exploring Water and Creating a School of Fish
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway,  12:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Did you know that under the paved roads there are streams flowing today.  Mount Pleasant community invites first-time ad experienced drawers to connect water through drawing on wooden-shaped fish swimming up Mt Pleasant trees. Attendees will work with social artist in residence, Melanie Schambach, and members of the St. George Rainway project.

Creature Comforts
Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Artist, Yoko Tomita, will lead an engaging drawing workshop and let you draw out your inner creature. No experience necessary, but bring your sense of humour.

Make Your Mark!
Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maquinna Drive, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Come explore mark making and drawing techniques using surprising and unconventional tools with artist Stephanie Mayson.  Stamp, scratch, and draw your way into creating your very own bright beautiful mono print!

Collaborative Strathcona Dragon Drawing
Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This Draw Down integrates with a basketball fundraiser. Drop by the gym at Strathcona Community Centre to help create collaborative dragon drawings. Each imaginary dragon begins with a a gestural mark that mimics the swishes and bounces of the basketball shoot out. Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Bird Calls
Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cindy Mochizuki leads a workshop in a collective sumi-ink drawing workshop called ‘Bird Calls.’ Participants will work on a large canvas collectively and will create marks and doodles in response to the recordings of ‘bird calls’ collected from the neighbouring Hastings Park Bird Sanctuary.

Drawing the Bass Line
Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 The lobby of Trout Lake Community Centre will resonate with the sounds of composer/double bassist, Mark Haney, while paper trails and endless lines entice you to explore and create. Bring your inner improvisor and let inspiration pull your hand across the paper. Connecting sound and drawing with the most complex instrument on Earth: the human mind.

Creatures! Collaborative Drawing
Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassiar Street, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You’re invited to drop by the lobby at Thunderbird to help create collaborative creature drawings. Each imaginary creature begins with a random brush mark, and depends on contributions from at least three different people.

Comic Jam
Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

What happens when everyone draws only one panel in a larger comic story? Colin Upton, Shane Green, Nic Frey and Mindy Fraser of Cloudscape Comics introduce you to the wonderful world of Comic Jams.

Comic Jam
Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Add your drawing to a continuous cartoon tale started by others for you. Follow the plot or veer in a whole new direction. Take your time or enter into the “speed zone” to get ideas on paper fast! Fun is the name of the game when you work with artist and illustrator Andy Mori.

Paper City
Collage Collage, 621 Kingsway, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Guest artist, Liz Toohey-Wiese, will be there to guide artists into creating a mini-Vancouver diorama made entirely out of paper. Mountains, trees, buildings, cars, buses, people, you name it! Collage Collage provides all the art materials and creative support you need to be a part of this installation, you provide the imagination and ideas. Suitable for everyone who is 5 years old and up.

For a full listing of events, visit Draw Down and get out and play!

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