In accordance with Section 19(1) of the Emergency Management Act (Alberta), the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) has implemented new operating procedures to ensure controlled access to the restricted areas of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways. The new rules are intended to help ensure that only residents and other approved individuals are in restricted areas.
Residents will be provided a colour-coded wristband after they have proved residency in the restricted area with photo identification. The wristbands will provide streamlined access to the restricted area for future visits. Each restricted area will have a distinct colour:
Abasand – orange wristband
Beacon Hill – blue wristband
Waterways – white wristband
Click here for a map outlining the restricted areas.
All other individuals accessing restricted areas are required to have appropriate security identification:
- Municipal employees and contractors: REOC identification tag with a red or blue outline
- Contractors: Green wristband
- Insurance adjustors: Grey wristband
- Security guards: Identification badge
Sign-in/sign-out will continue to be required for each trip. Check-in information will be recorded by a police officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The RCMP have been partners in the region’s emergency response to the wildfires, and today’s measures reinforce their involvement in the security of restricted areas.
Access to restricted areas is limited to residents, insurance adjusters, contractors, visitors with letters of permission, and persons in the company of a resident. Access is available between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Non-residents of a restricted area are not permitted to enter unless accompanied by a resident or have a written letter of permission from a resident.