Everything you needed to know about safer communities

Interagency council notebook

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

On January 29, program coordinator Haylie Millard for FCSS, facilitated the first interagency meeting of 2019. The big presentation of the meeting was by the Canadian Red Cross.

Vishava Ragunathan, disaster coordinator with the Red Cross, came as a special guest to the meeting to talk about building safer communities in northern Alberta.

Raghunathan started off by saying the Canadian Red Cross Society is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world.

Ragunathan explained the vision for the Canadian Red Cross is the leading humanitarian organization through which people voluntarily demonstrate they’re caring for others in need.

Ragunathan talked about personal disasters. He said personal disasters typically affect one household. House fires are one of the most common examples. The Canadian Red Cross wants you and your family to be prepared. He said two out of three Canadians say they have not taken steps to prepare in the event of a disaster.

Red Cross in Alberta responds to an average of 300 calls per year.

Ragunathan said the Red Cross personal disaster assistance team may provide emergency food, clothing, accommodation, and personal services for up to 72 hours to individuals and families following an assessment, who have been affected by local, small-scale disasters such as house fires or sewage backup.

Ragunathan stated major causes of house fires include cooking at 20 per cent, heating equipment related fires at 12 per cent, arson/ set fires at 11 per cent, electrical at eight per cent, smoking at seven per cent, candles at three per cent, clothing dryer ,lighting and other equipment at two per cent and child fireplay at one per cent.

Ragunathan explained some basic steps you may want to take If you cannot stay in your home due to fire or flood damage.

He said you will need temporary housing for your family and any pet.

Contact your insurance company and let them know what has happened.
If you are a tenant, contact the owner/landlord and/or their insurance company.

You may be eligible for Red Cross 72 hour personal disaster assistance.

Call the 24/7 disaster assistance line at 1-888-800-6493 for help.

Contact your local authorities for more information related to available assistance programs.

“You can help ensure no family faces disaster alone. Be part of the largest humanitarian organization in the world. Our highly trained volunteers respond to an average of 300 (incidents) in Alberta every year. Join our disaster management team today.”

Ragunathan said the Red Cross provides training and support so that you are prepared to offer help during a disaster.

“To learn more about our next disaster management information session in your community contact us at wzabvolunteer@redcross.ca.”


Millard said the women’s anger management class has started back up with another round on January 22. She said although the program has already started they are still accepting a rolling intake.

Millard said the group meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and runs until March 26.

To register or to find out more information call 780-849-8003, text 780-805-6535 or email anger.educationls@gmail.com.

Millard added the men’s anger management will be a weekend course this time around. She said the course will take place February 1st to 3rd starting at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the first and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 3rd.

To register or find out more information call. text or email the numbers above.

Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library

Suzanne Wilson, program coordinator for the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library, attended the meeting to talk about upcoming events for February.

Wilson said one event they are doing is called Blind Date with a Book. The event proceeds for the entire month starting on the 1st. She explained how it works is each person who participates will receive a hand-wrapped book picked from a wide variety of genres tagged with intriguing clues describing the book inside.

The wrapped books include everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult.

Wilson added once you read the book you will then fill out a survey for a chance to win a prize.

The next event is Archives Bring and Share, happening February 8th at 1:30 p.m. at the library. She said if you or someone you know has memorabilia from/of the community’s past, to bring it and share your stories.

The last event is children’s author Chance Hansen is visiting the library.

Wilson said Hansen will be here on February 12 at 10:30 for children’s story time and again at 3:45 p.m. for the after-school program.

Parent Link

Kellirae Tkach, program coordinator with Parent Link, said they have a busy month planned for Slave Lake’s little ones.

On Monday, February 4 from 10:00 a.m. to noon they would be making homemade pizza pops. Tkach said then on February 11th they will be yet again doing the ‘Who Let the Dads out’ evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. She said on Valentine’s day (February 14) Parent Link will be doing Valentines cookie decorating.

The Parent Link Centre will be closed on February 18th for Family Day.

Tkach said last, but not least, stop by the pool on February 25th from noon to 1:00 p.m. for Pre-school Plunge. All costs will be covered by Parent Link.

The next meeting of the Interagency Council will be on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 1:00 p.m. in town council chambers.

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