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PIERREFONDS-ROXBORO, QC, May 3, 2022
PIERREFONDS–ROXBORO, QC, May 3, 2022 /CNW/ – Floods remain the most frequent and costly disaster in Canadacausing on average more than $1 billion in direct damage to homes, property and infrastructure every year. The government of Canada has put in place a number of measures to improve the resilience of Canadians to the increasing frequency and costs of flooding.
Today, Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and Samir ZuberiMember of Parliament for Pierrefonds—Dollard, met with community members, merchants, volunteers and elected municipal officials to discuss the impacts of flooding on Pierrefonds in 2019.
As part of the day’s activities, PS Naqvi and MP Zuberi visited 3 Sisters BOL, a family restaurant that continuously contributes to the community through food donations in the aftermath of floods and other emergency situations. emergency. They also visited the On Rock Community Service Center, where they met the Founder and President and discussed how the organization is a vital part of the community through helping and supporting those who need.
PS Naqvi and MP Zuberi also met with Stéphane Côté, Mayor of L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, and Dimitrios Jim BiesMayor of Pierrefonds–Roxboro.
Discussions focused on the impacts of flooding in these communities in 2017 and 2019, ongoing local mitigation works in preparation for this year’s flood season, as well as Emergency Preparedness Week. Emergency Preparedness Week is happening May 1-7, 2022and this year’s theme is “Emergency Preparedness: Be Prepared for Anything!”.
“The communities of Pierrefonds and L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève showed incredible resilience following major flooding in 2017 and 2019. Today, as part of Emergency Preparedness Week, we were able to see saw the strong partnership between volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments as they build back stronger. »
– Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Center
“People living and working across Pierrefonds–Dollard mobilized to be there for each other in the face of the floods of recent years. I was happy to be accompanied by my colleague, Parliamentary Secretary Naqvi, to show him the work that the communities are doing here in the West Island to protect each other. We were also pleased to provide an update on the flood preparedness efforts our government is working on across the country to support our communities, now and in the future. »
– Samir Zuberideputy of Pierrefonds–Dollard
Emergency Preparedness Week is in its 27thand year and occurs annually the first week of May.
This week-long public education effort is led by Public Safety in collaboration with partners from various levels of federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as Indigenous, non-governmental and private organizations.
As stated in the first mandate letter of the Minister of Emergency Preparedness, the Government of Canada provides leadership and coordinates efforts to strengthen emergency management in Canada and ensuring a strategic, integrated and proactive approach to all risks. This work includes ongoing collaboration with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous partners.
Since 2019, the government of Canada advanced on a number of initiatives, in collaboration with all levels of government and stakeholders, to improve flood resiliency and mitigation. This includes:
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada