Extreme Weather Volunteers: floor & block captains

CREW provides training, tools and strategies to help residents do what comes naturally — neighbours helping neighbours.

CREW's first pilot, in partnership with Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) and Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC), was completed in February 2016.

CREW asked senior residents in Toronto's Victoria Village what type of support they need in order to help them feel confident in helping their neighbours during an extreme weather emergency. This extensive nine month program has delivered the tools that CREW now makes available to other community ‘good neighbour’ initiatives.

Extreme Weather Volunteer program:

  • Information sessions.
    • Toronto’s future extreme weather facts.
    • The health implications of Toronto’s changing weather.
  • Training workshops on preparing for weather emergencies such as extreme heat or cold, floods and power outages and more.
  • Scenario role playing.
  • Round table discussion & brainstorming.
  • Mapping community specific risks and assets.
  • Development of a Neighbours Helping Neighbours protocol.
  • Delivery of community specific outreach and preparedness.
  • Support and follow up.