A Red Cross representative watches as smoke billows over a hill near Cache Creek during the wildfires in 2017. Canadian Red Cross photo

Canadian Red Cross to train Penticton business leaders

The disaster preparedness training is part of FutureBiz Penticton

A natural disaster can happen any time in the South Okanagan, which is why the Canadian Red Cross is coming to FutureBiz Penticton to offer training.

Two Red Cross representatives will be at the last day of the business forum. They will have a tabletop disaster simulation, which is designed to test participants skills to see how they would react in a real-world situation.

Liam Devine is an Emergency Management Coordinator with the Red Cross and he will be one of the representatives at the forum. He said flooding and fires in the province are increasing and so are the risks.

“We have to start thinking of disasters as something that are going to happen and be prepared to take concrete steps to mitigate the impacts,” Devine said.

“Disaster prevention and mitigation are the future of emergency management, and the Red Cross is committed to helping people be ready.”

Devine will be joined by International Operations Advisor Carla Taylor.

“Planning is important, but the real learning happens when people are given a space to actively apply their knowledge to potential situations they may face in the future,” Taylor said.

FutureBiz is a forum organized by the City of Penticton’s Economic Development department. The goal of the forum is to empower businesses to be locally and globally competitive.

FutureBiz Penticton will be on Dec. 4. For more information on the speaker schedule, visit their website.

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