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How does the Government of Canada stay prepared to respond to natural disasters abroad?

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How does the Government of Canada stay prepared to respond to natural disasters abroad?

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At the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group coordinates, inter alia, Canada’s response to natural disasters abroad and Canadian policy on international disaster risk reduction. There is an officer from this group on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. DFAIT’s Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group and CIDA’s Natural Disaster Response and NGO Relations Group monitor notifications about natural disasters abroad from scientific observation centres, relief organizations and our network of embassies abroad. When a natural disaster is of a significant scale and requires an official Canadian response, the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group convenes a meeting of an interdepartmental task force within 12-24 hours of learning of the event. Task force meetings serve to enable all implicated federal departments to share and assess important information and design the Government of Canada resp

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