Canada Increase in Wildfires – Climate Change Consequences
In spending hundreds to thousands of hours every year in disaster response support, we witness the measurable difference our Virtual Operations Support Teams (VOST) makes in easing the stresses and concerns that evacuees and their family members around the world experience – We hundreds of thanks you and blessing from evacuees, the displaced; and those at a distance from the disaster event, worried about family members.
To our knowledge to date, Canadian Disaster Support Network is the only VOST organization, nationally, that has deployed our VOST the last four years, consecutively, utilizing grass roots volunteers from communities across western Canada in offering social network disseminated information and support to those impacted by wildfire incidents in Alberta and British Columbia.
Our #AdminTeam experiences in doing what we do, the past few years, have undertaken a very adaptive approach to our policies and practices. Going through two historically unprecedented disasters; 2016 Fort McMurray, and 2017 British Columbia Wildfires, gave us insights that few other VOST will, hopefully, never have to experience.
What is glaringly obvious, our world is impacted by climate change, the frequency and intensity of wildfires has significantly changed. Across the provinces is that, forestry ministries, emergency management agencies, municipalities, and industries, are having to adapt – quickly, under the pressure of the consequences of wildfire. Modifying their management, forecasting, and operations models, reacting and adapting to a very quick pace of first time experiences.