Organizations will continue to work together on emergency management and disaster risk reduction
TORONTO, May 6, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Mr. Conrad Sauvé, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Red Cross, met today to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing how their organizations will continue to work together on matters of emergency management and disaster risk reduction.
This MOU details how Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Red Cross will collaborate to support Canada's commitments under the United Nations 2015-30 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and to advance implementation of resolutions endorsed by Canada at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (2015)
Some of the ways Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Red Cross will work together under this MOU include the exchange of information and best practices, personnel exchanges and capacity development, development of mutual research projects, and CRCS participation in Government of Canada emergency management committees.
- Public Safety Canada supports a collaborative, whole-of-society approach to emergency management and is committed to working closely with all levels of government, Indigenous communities, and non-governmental organizations, like the Canadian Red Cross, to build a more resilient Canada.
- During the coordinated Government of Canada work to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada, officials from the Canadian Red Cross were co-located in the Government Operations Centre and contributed to the operation by helping welcome and settle the newly arrived Syrian refugees.
"The Canadian Red Cross has long been a strong partner for Public Safety Canada and the federal emergency management community. I'm pleased today to sign this MOU to facilitate ongoing collaboration to increase disaster risk reduction and enable communities across Canada to become more resilient."
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"We are grateful to Public Safety for their leadership and support of preparedness activities in communities across the county. This strengthened partnership between the Canadian Red Cross and Public Safety Canada will further enhance our ability to help Canadians prepare for and respond to major events in Canada"
- Mr. Conrad Sauvé, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Red Cross
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
For further information: Scott Bardsley, Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-998-5681; Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657; Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross media line: 1-877-599-9602, Quebec media can call: 1-888-418-9111