A Call to Action for the Alberta Golf Industry re: Flood 2013

13.06.28.NAGA.Alberta.logoJune 28, 2013

NAGA Alberta’s mandate is to promote and protect golf in Alberta and with that mission in mind, we are in the process of assisting the clubs hardest hit by last week’s events. The volunteers on this board will enact a 3 part approach to support our industry:

13.06.28.Redwood.floodingRedwood Meadows posted this photo on their twitter account on Friday of the 12th hole. They are among the area golf courses assessing the damage after extensive flooding of the Bow and Elbow rivers.

1. Help save what we can through communicating with those in need: We have created Twitter and Gmail accounts in an effort to connect clubs in need of assistance with clubs who can provide assistance. This communication channel will also help to try and assist displaced workers. Most needed right now are pumps, hoses, rakes, shovels, utility vehicles, dump trailers, tractors, water tanks and volunteer manpower. If you are able to assist with any of the above items or would like further information please send a tweet or an email to the following:
a. Twitter - @NAGAAlberta 
b. Gmail – nagaalberta@gmail.com 

2. Advice for the flood victims. As always, contact your insurance company first. Make sure you are aware of what you are and aren’t covered for; especially loss of revenue insurance. Aside from contacting your local insurance provider, we suggest contacting the Insurance Bureau of Canada for advice at 1-800-377-6378.
a. Federal Human Resources Minister Diane Finley’s office has confirmed that Service Canada Offices are putting measures in place to expedite access to Employment Insurance benefits for those eligible and affected by the flooding. Click here for further information on the Service Canada web site.
b. Click here to access recent information released by the Canadian Restaurant and Food Association regarding assistance available to businesses.

3. The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) will be delivering its guidelines for assistance in the coming weeks. NAGA Alberta has been in contact with a government consultant so that we, as the industry, have a seat at the table to ensure that golf is not ignored this time around. It is imperative that government understand the size and importance of our industry including the impact on the individuals who rely on golf for their livelihood.  Click here for a copy of the Alberta Disaster Assistance Guidelines. 

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call:

Brent Hutcheon, NGCOA Canada - Alberta Chapter President, NAGA-Alberta 403-335-2834 bhutcheon@ngcoa.ca