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Who’s responsible when natural disaster strikes? You are

By Andrew Caddell      

There aren’t enough emergency personnel to respond to everyone at risk. The authorities need to focus on the big picture. The feds have a role, but individuals are expected to pull their weight too.

Water reached historically high levels in the southern regions of New Brunswick this month. Stephen MacGillivray photograph courtesy of the New Brunswick government
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OTTAWA—Canada has many great traditions. One of them seems to be emergencies that fall during Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 to 12). This year, there were floods in New Brunswick and parts of British Columbia, and forest fires in Alberta. In light of such emergencies, do you know who is responsible for your safety when the creek rises or the woods are burning? The answer is: you are. That was the message at a conference last month in

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