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Emergency Preparedness Hub

Emergency service groups are working together on a proposal that would have them sharing the same venue south of Ladysmith reducing costs and improving services.

Disaster Aid Canada Executive director Gerry Beltgens is looking to relocate from their current Victoria office and share space with Ladysmith Ground Search and Rescue.

The two emergency service groups could share a venue, reducing the costs and improving efficiency.

President of Ladysmith ground search and rescue Allen McDermid says the volunteer group welcomes the opportunity to partner with DAC. “It’s a great fit,” he says to have a facility that will centralize emergency vehicles, and supplies, and training.

The group currently operates out of two separate venues. “It really slows down our response time,” said McDermid.

The volunteer group responded to over 30 calls last year and along with ground search they also maintain a swift water response team.

Disaster Aid Canada has raised $50,000 just recently for Australian Bush Fire Relief. “We have an active campaign going on, “ says Beltgens. You can visit their website and make a donation to special projects or general funds.

DAC evolved out of the Rotary Club of Ladysmith which is still the sponsor for the organization.

“We make sure donors money is used in the best way possible by using local Rotarians on the ground.,” says Beltgens. Along with funds DAC provides customized emergency shelter kits valued at $1000 each.

The Rotary Club of Ladysmith has applied for a grant to donate four Community emergency relief kits to the Town of Ladysmith and the Ladysmith Senior Secondary Interact Club has committed to raising funds for another one.

How can you help? Disaster Aid Canada is supporting the Rotary Australia World Community Service. Donations made through Disaster Aid Canada by Canadians are tax-deductible. Donate on their website disasteraid.ca or volunteer to assemble emergency relief kits.

“Our goal is to set up an Emergency Preparedness Hub. The partnership of LSAR and DAC is bound to be beneficial if the town experiences a serious emergency,” says Beltgens.

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