May 16, 2013

COLWOOD, BC –After an extensive review of how prepared Colwood is to handle a large scale emergency, a Royal Roads University team has recommended that Colwood be recognized as a Role Model City in the United Nations Making Cities Resilient campaign – a distinction achieved by only 6 other communities in Canada.

The comprehensive evaluation project was undertaken by a team from the Royal Roads University Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management program. The team is comprised of experienced emergency management professionals from across Canada with representation from police, fire, healthcare and Canadian Forces organizations. Their work found that Colwood meets seven out of the ten essential components of a resilient city, as identified by the United Nations.

The team praised the city’s Official Community Plan which ensures that public safety and environmental factors are guiding principles for land use and development in the city. This has allowed the city to plan wisely and invest in critical infrastructure that will help the city manage and recover from an emergency.

They also recognized the strong partnerships Colwood has built to ensure the region has continuous access to services in the event of disaster.

The findings also identified opportunities where the city could focus more attention. Preparing formal hazard risk assessments that specify the types of disasters Colwood is most likely to face and what the real impacts would be will allow the city to plan more effectively. Engaging residents in this process and sharing the results through various education initiatives will strengthen our community’s resilience further.

The Royal Roads report will be a valuable tool as the City works to continually improve its emergency management capacity. City council and staff look forward to working with Colwood residents and partners as we continue to make our city a safe and vibrant place to live work and play.

Read more about about Colwood Emergency Planning.

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Sandra Russell
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250-893-1595