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Regional Emergency Services launches Vulnerable Persons Registry

(Fort McMurray, AB – September 23, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and Regional Emergency Services (RES) announce the launch of a Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) to support inclusive emergency preparedness. The VPR aims to improve the safety of vulnerable residents within the region by providing critical information to local emergency services to assist them in being as informed as possible when addressing large-scale emergency situations.

“This free and voluntary registry will provide emergency responders with the information that they need to assist residents in the case of a large-scale emergency within the region,” says Scott Davis, Director of Emergency Management. “The VPR is an advanced tool for emergency preparedness and takes an inclusive approach to supporting the community in times of need.”

The VPR is made possible by the on-going support of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC). SSMIC is the original developer of the vulnerable persons registry integrated by RES, with their support and knowledge RES has been able to create a VPR program to serve the community based on a proven system.

“Our VPR software has the ability to take emergency response preparedness to the next level. It is the only technology that allows first responders access to information detailing the unique needs of all vulnerable persons before they arrive on scene,” says Peter Bruijns, Executive Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, “SSMIC is proud to provide a product that has the ability to save lives and ensure the highest level of safety precautions.”

The VPR can provide assistance to residents within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo who experience severe difficulty with any of the following:

  • Mobility, vision or hearing
  • Developmental/ Intellectual, cognitive, or mental health

Or residents who require electricity for life-sustaining equipment such as life support, oxygen and dialysis.

Residents can register online or through mail-in form. For more information please visit rmwb.ca/VPR.

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