Zombie apocalypse not covered in emergency plan

By Geoff Lee

March 1, 2016 9:38 AM

Linnea Goodhand

The 601 pages in last week’s city Council agenda contained some meat and potatoes on several issues, including annual revisions to the city’s Emergency Response Plans.
For the first time ever there will be a city-wide test of the Emergency Alert system previously reserved for system subscribers — but don’t expect a siren to go off.
“I think it will be along the lines of what we have now,” said Coun. Larry Sauer.
“Those who subscribe to the emergency response — we get a text message that comes to us.”
Sauer said if there’s a true emergency, city-wide testing can help to ensure all residents can react in the appropriate timely fashion.
A zombie outbreak is about the only emergency situation that’s not covered in plan that deals with everything from tornados and blizzards to rail and pipeline emergencies and any other number of calamities.
Sauer noted the city is working on the logistics of how the blanket alert test will work.
“Ahead of time we are going to have to notify everybody that this is going to be a test,” he said. “We’re going to try to make it aware to all of our public not just to the people who subscribe to it.”
The other two revisions to the emergency plan involve adding additional personnel to the organization charts.
Draft land use bylaw presentable
The city’s draft land use bylaw — currently called the Zoning Bylaw — will undergo another round of public review before it comes back to Council.
“It’s a big document physically and in its impact on the city, and so we want to make sure we get it right before it goes to council for formal approval” said Coun. Linnea Goodhand.
The draft bylaw has been a few years in the making and will regulate how land in the city can be used and developed.

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