Rural Assist ensures vulnerable groups are not left behind when an emergency or severe weather event strikes their community. The program serves to identify vulnerabilities across households and creates a community-level system to empower people with information and tailored support. A pilot program is underway in Bruderheim with plans for a full launch across all our partner communities in 2022. The Rural Assist program model is also available to any community looking to better serve their vulnerable populations as climate change intensifies.

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Rural Assist is for people who:

  • Have reduced mobility due to a disability or other factors 

  • Live alone or run a lone-parent household

  • Live with a condition that requires caregiver assistance 

  • Are seniors (65+)

  • Are a racial minority or Indigenous

  • Are newcomers to Canada and the community 

  • Live in a low-income household

  • Live in substandard housing conditions (e.g. crowding, unsafe housing)

  • Live with a health condition that increases risk with poor air quality 

  • Live with a health condition that increases heat sensitivity 

  • Treat a condition with medication that increases heat sensitivity 

  • Manage a condition with equipment that requires electricity, running water

  • Live with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues

Emergency Preparedness is important for all of our community members, and even if you don't fit into the above categories, we strongly encourage you to take our community survey and sign up for Bruderheim's Emergency Alert System:

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By Registering for the Rural Assist Program you will... 

  • Receive alerts and weather updates catered to your specific needs.

  • Improve your and your household's support and safety in conditions intensified by climate change (heat waves, windstorms, freezing rain, floods, wildfires, periods of poor air quality.)

  • Access information about vulnerability and safety in extreme weather.

  • Build connections between you and/or your household and Resilient Rurals team members, community members, community volunteers and local emergency management.

Register for our Rural Assist Program


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