The Fort Mac Fire: Tell Their Story
Having spent the year between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017 interviewing a wide range of stakeholders across Alberta, from Calgary and High River to Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray, I have now completed the data-gathering portion of this research project. The next step, ongoing since February 2017, is to transcribe and analyze the interview recordings while also compiling the data.
The final analysis will take several forms, including (1) a scholarly article published in a peer-reviewed journal and (2) a white paper to be distributed to various municipalities and animal welfare organizations, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, Alberta's Premiere, and selected members of the Alberta Legislature. I have also presented my research findings and analyses at various stages in several public venues in Calgary and Fort McMurray. Click here to access those presentations.
My hope is that my recommendations will enable stakeholders at the provincial and municipal levels to be better prepared to attend to the evacuation, temporary housing, and reunification family pets when Alberta's next disaster strikes.
Centre for Community Disaster Research
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6