Red Deer County News

Posted on: January 11, 2018

Emergency Management - 2017 Year In Review

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2017 was a busy year for Emergency Management staff. One of the main projects was the adoption of the Regional Municipal Emergency Plan by the seven participating municipalities (Bowden, Delburne, Elnora, Innisfail, Penhold, Sylvan Lake and Red Deer County).

In February, Chipper Charlie the Emergency Management mascot, was introduced. Chipper Charlie has attended various parades and events throughout the year. During Emergency Preparedness week (May 7-13, 2017) Chipper Charlie visited four schools and provided emergency preparedness bags to over 180 children. Also during Emergency Preparedness Week, Emergency Management staff visited campgrounds within Red Deer County to provide brochures on Inclement Weather and Boating Safety.

Emergency Management training for Red Deer County staff and regional partners was a high priority in 2017. Throughout the year courses such as Basic Emergency Management, Incident Command System (ICS) 100 AND 200, Emergency Coordination Centre Operations, Alberta Emergency Alert, Director of Emergency Management Pilot Project hosted by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and Emergency Social Services Operations were held. Red Deer County staff also participated in an orientation of the operations of the Incident Command Post in preparation for the Regional Emergency Management workshop and exercise which was held in Innisfail in June.

Another initiative for Red Deer County Emergency Management is the development of an Incident Management Team. This team would be available to assist other communities in the management of a large scale incident. The team consists of staff from Red Deer County as well as others from central Alberta communities. Training for this team started in September and ended in December with three blocks of training.

Emergency Management staff also attended various workshops, meetings and exercises such as the AEMA Regional Workshop, Central Region Emergency Social Services (CRESS) Workshop for Emergency Social Services and Registration and Inquiry training, Youth Risk Management Pilot Project with the Safe Communities Coalition of Alberta, Dickson Dam stakeholder meeting, Alberta Non-Government Organization (NGO) Council meeting, “Be Grain Safe” and Farm Emergency Action Plans Workshop, Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) Equine Emergency Preparedness workshop, facilitation to Elnora employees and residents on Hazard Assessment Analysis for Elnora, participated in the City of Red Deer exercise and the Red Deer Airport Emergency Services tour.

Emergency Management staff continue to assist Fire, Technical Rescue and other departments that require assistance.

Public Events and Emergency Action Plans
2017 saw eighty Public Event Permits being issued. Emergency Management staff are continually working within the Public Event Bylaw to proactively share information concerning events in Red Deer County. Community halls and other facilities are working on Emergency Action Plans which will help to ensure the safety of those attending public events within Red Deer County. In conjunction with Innisfail Protective Services, Red Deer County Emergency Management staff also visited two seniors’ centres to review their Emergency Action Plans.

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