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Mayor and Councillors participate in Emergency Management Training session

(Fort McMurray, AB – November 8, 2017) – Covering a wide range of topics from the Emergency Management Act to the Alberta Emergency Alert, Council participated in an Emergency Management Training session Monday evening hosted by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA).

“As a Council we are committed to emergency preparedness,” said Mayor Don Scott. “The AEMA training session gave us the opportunity to learn more about our role as elected officials in an emergency. It also highlighted how important it is for our public to be prepared for emergencies. I encourage our residents to take some time and learn more about this important topic.”

“In emergency preparedness we speak about mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery,” said Fire Chief Jody Butz. “While we often focus on response and recovery, mitigation and preparedness are extremely important. This education and information session with AEMA helped us enforce that idea with our elected officials and we appreciate their commitment to emergency preparedness and public safety.”

The training session is a program the AEMA offers for elected officials. It covers several areas, including the duties of elected officials within the Emergency Management Act; the role of elected officials in mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; the importance and use of the Alberta Emergency Alert; and the importance of public awareness as it relates to emergency preparedness.

The Municipal website offers several resources on emergency preparedness, including how to prepare a 72 hour kit, which is a key element of an emergency plan. To learn more about the work of our Emergency Management Branch and how to prepare for different kinds of emergencies, please visit: rmwb.ca/areyouready.

As well, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency has an app for Android and Apple platforms that provides alerts to users in an emergency. Learn more from the AEMA website here.


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