Taking responsibility

The weekly editorial for the 100 Mile House Free Press

The Cariboo Regional District recently put out a release with what Cariboo residents should do to prepare to evacuate, including things such as registering for emergency notifications and gathering personal items.

One thing this list is missing is saving for an emergency fund.

Certainly, for those of us regularly unable to scrape by without the use of a food bank, other assistance or their own gardens, this may be out of reach. I haven’t always been able to keep a real emergency fund myself, such as while I was finishing up as a student.

For most of us, however, saving for emergencies should be part of our preparation. For any number of reasons, you may not be able to access emergency services right away. The Red Cross may have technical difficulties, Emergency Social Services (ESS) may have too few volunteers to be open seven days a week or due to road closures, you may be stuck in a location where you can’t access emergency services.

Many businesses have stepped up to help their employees, including providing short term loans to employees or even providing regular paycheques despite the business being closed due to evacuations. However, not all businesses will be in a position to provide this to employees and Employment Insurance can take some time to come into effect.

It must be noted that this train of thought assumes we are entitled to help, from the provincial and federal government to an army of other support services. For many people around the world, this is not the case. Certainly, we must have some personal responsibility in making sure we’re prepared for a situation like this? So before you start complaining about the province, federal government or someone else, who are already spending millions to try and keep our homes safe, maybe you should ask yourself what you’ve done to prepare for this situation. Some of those I’ve heard complain could do well with some self-reflection.

Now to be clear, most people I’ve spoken to have been incredibly grateful for the support that they’ve gotten.

Personally, I know all too well the importance of having an emergency fund. Before we were evacuated, our house in Ottawa sold for well under what we bought it for due to a drop in market prices and flooded the day before the closing date, resulting in further hold backs.

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t access the emergency services, by all means, they’re there to help, but where possible you should do some preparation yourself as well.

Just Posted

Politicians endorse rec centre design

Financing plan the next step

Alberta truckers send truck-load of toys

Locals also encouraged to donate to help families in need this Christmas

Firefighters visit elementary schools

‘Plan two ways out’ main message to students

Tee-shirt sales raise $100,000 for wildfire aid

Cariboo Strong tees, sweatshirts and decals help support fire victims

Cariboo-Chilcotin have standing charred logs that need to be harvest

Charred logs have limited shelf life so they have to be milled within two to three years

Communities come together to ‘Take Back the Night’

Men, women, children, First Nation leaders and politicians were out in force… Continue reading

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek farm search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

Cariboo Regional District wants say in pot legalization

Compliance and enforcement likely to fall on shoulders of municipal governments

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld published the comments on his Facebook page

Getting people working key component of wildfire recovery: CRD chair

Provincial and federal governments urged to push projects forward

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Most Read