CCVO launches Emergency Preparedness Initiative to help Calgary’s Nonprofits


CALGARY, Alberta — The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), working closely with stakeholder partners The City of Calgary’s Community and Neighbourhood Services (CNS), Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), United Way of Calgary, the Canadian Red Cross, and Alberta Health Services, has begun a two-year Emergency Preparedness Initiative that will help ensure Calgary’s nonprofit sector is prepared to effectively respond to emergencies, and establish systems and processes to support a coordinated response from the nonprofit and public sectors during an emergency.


CCVO welcomes Matt Sawatsky as their dedicated Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Matt has a diverse background in disaster preparedness and response which has included years of front line and management experience. Most recently Matt was the Recovery Supervisor for the Canadian Red Cross Society’s 2013 flood operations in High River.


“Since the floods of 2013, CCVO has sent out several post-flood surveys, and the numbers show that there is work to be done to ensure Calgary’s nonprofits are ready to respond to any future disasters or emergencies,” says Sawatsky. “We discovered that only half of nonprofits surveyed had an emergency response plan, and that while 69% reported they had an evacuation plan, 70% did not have a plan to work offsite if forced to evacuate. The need to keep essential services running during an emergency are just that, essential. We will be working with City partners and other nonprofit organizations to establish a stronger collaboration and coordination between sectors to achieve that.”


About CCVO

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) is a bold advocate and champion of the nonprofit sector. We promote and strengthen the nonprofit sector by developing and sharing resources and knowledge, building connections, leading collaborative work, and providing leadership on cross-cutting policy issues affecting the sector as a whole.

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Media Inquiries:            Johanna Schwartz, Communications Coordinator, CCVO
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