Learn how to prepare for the worst

By Geoff Lee

May 26, 2016 12:00 AM

If you fear the world is coming to an end, check out the emergency measures information day at the RM of Britannia-Wilton Fire Hall.
Emergency preparedness is the theme of the event to be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the recent Fort McMurray wildfires and Saskatchewan forest fires top of mind.
Many evacuees from Fort Mac are being housed in the Lloydminster region.
“Now with the emergency being so close to home people’s minds might be on this subject and we are looking to take advantage of their attention,” said RM safety and Emergency Measures Organization coordinator, Duane Perillat.
Closer to home, the RMs of Britannia-Wilton imposed a total fire ban April 18 with a consistent extreme fire hazard in the region this spring.
“I wanted to make sure that the community knew that there are people looking out for them in emergencies and making plans in case we’re needed,” said Perillat.
The EMO mission in the RM is to promote awareness and train local agencies to work together and provide a structure for coordinated local emergency response.
The RM’s EMO plan will be on display for discussion along with fire department “showing off their shiny red metal” as Perillat put it.
The Lloydminster Rescue Squad will provide a demo of their jaws rescue equipment on a wrecked vehicle.
Contact information for the Canadian Red Cross that is playing a big role in the Fort Mac relief effort for wildfire evacuees will also be available.
A local Red Cross rep might also be at the fire hall.
There will also be a display of the mutual aid portable command centre for emergencies.
Perillat said the amount of emergency situations is going up in the area every year and the RM is ready to respond.
“If we’re not needed in our own community our neighbours may need some help and we have to be prepared for that also,” he said.
“We want people to be prepared to be able to take care of themselves for 72 hours in case help can’t arrive right away.”
Amateur radio operators from the Sask Alta Radio Club will be available to talk about communications is an emergency situation.
Organizers have put out an all-points invitation for would-be lasagna cooks to donate a dish or two for the event.
Volunteer cooks can call the RM at 306-825-2610 in advance.
The EMO event is accepting donations that Perillat explained would be for personnel emergencies—if somebody needs a couple of blankets for the night or other similar emergency items.
The emergency measures information day is open to everybody with information that can help save their lives.
“We have plans in place to help the neighbours when they’re in need and they’ll come to our help if we need,” said Perillat.
“There will be people from all parts of the country there.”

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