National Emergency Preparedness Strategy

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (British Columbia)

WHEREAS Canada will experience disasters such as catastrophic earthquakes, forest fires and damaging storms that will threaten the wellbeing of communities and the nation;

WHEREAS such disasters, whether natural or man-made, are unplanned and unpredictable and will require on-the-ground innovative and mobilized response and deployment of national, provincial and community resources and services;

WHEREAS over the past 20 years, natural disasters around the world killed more than 600,000 people and left 4.1 billion injured or homeless;

WHEREAS Canadians expect and trust their national government to have a plan and strategically poised programs to guard against harm and to mobilize assistance in times of dire need; and,

WHEREAS the current publicly discernible response mechanisms were under funded by the previous administration and appear fragmented so that Canadians lack confidence there is a coordinated plan and system in place to address disasters;

BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada urge the federal government to require Public Safety Canada to implement an effective, risk-based, and publicly visible Canadian Disaster Preparedness and Response strategy;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Canada develop and implement a regionally appropriate Canadian Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction calling on the learning and experiences of agencies, and provincial and global partners;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that both programs be commissioned, designed, funded and planned as a national priority.