Share your story

Have you lived through an emergency? Did you experience North America's largest power outage in 2003? Did you live through the Kelowna forest fires of 2003? Did Hurricane Juan or the 1998 ice storm teach you some lessons? Were you able to get by for at least the first 72 hours on your own? We want to hear your story. Sharing it will help others to be better prepared.

Also, be sure to read the 72 hour stories, accounts of what others have done to get through those first crucial hours of an emergency.

To help you get started on your own story, here is what you can explain:

Keep your story between 500 to 2 000 characters in length.

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  • You are granting His Majesty the King in Right of Canada, as represented by Public Safety Canada, the right to reproduce, translate, modify and adapt your story for publication on
  • You agree to waive your moral rights in the story;
  • You consent to being identified as the author of the story, should your story be retained and published;. and
  • You agree that under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall His Majesty the King in Right of Canada, the Minister of Public Safety and their officers, employees and representatives be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages of any kind arising from your submission of the story.
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