Emergency Preparedness day!

March 1, 2012

What a fantastic day today.  My day started at 9am in Chambers where a presenter from IPREM an inter government entity spoke about Emergency preparedness in our community.

IPREM is an intergovernmental entity working to improve emergency management at all levels of government in Metro Vancouver. It was established in 2009 with full support from local, regional and provincial governments. Emergency Management is a shared responsibility – various public and private agencies operate under the British Columbia Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS) with the common aim of ensuring our region is prepared and resilient.

IPREM’s role is to facilitate multi-sector cooperation between private and public organizations involved in emergency management.

Three of our ministries play a lead role with consultation: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.  He spoke about what the role of the municipality is if there is an emergency.  IMPREM is also in contact with the appropriate transportation authorities.

Council and Mayors from both Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge then went to Fire Hall #1 (227th) and had a tour of where a mock emergency ice storm was in full swing.  They had screens, sound effects, and a media run through for the Mayors.

I  was introduced to city staff from both communities, Katzie, School District, fire and police. All were busy at working through the scenario given to them, emergency vests and all.

The lower mainland is getting prepared for, if and when there is an emergency but there are still important conversations to be had (one example being:  what will happen with rubble after the fact) and public engagement and feed back is encouraged.  You can find out more about this company by visiting www.iprem.ca. They also have a quarterly newsletter you can sign up to receive.

Reminder first week of May  is Emergency Preparedness Week!

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