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In case of emergency A review of the emergency management on the Bruce Peninsula
Author Joanne Rodgers
Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017
In case of emergency A review of the emergency management on the Bruce Peninsula

To see a video recording of the presentation at the meeting click HERE.  Note: the recording is a few minutes short of the entire presentation -- our apologies!

Can you survive 72 hours in case of an emergency? Do you know where the
evacuation centres are? What happens if the Crane River Bridge is not accessible?

Cathy Addison, in her role as Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) reminds us to have cash; a full tank of gas for the your vehicle; a family emergency plan; a designated meeting place if family members are separated, emergency supply kits for your home, car, office; an out-of-province/area contact if family members are separated; your health card information; consideration for special needs and/or the elderly, including medications and provisions for your pet.

Evacuation Centres are St Edmunds Community Centre and Fire Station in Tobermory and Lion’s Head Community Centre/Arena and Lions’ Head Fire Station.

On a yearly basis, the municipality conducts a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA), table-top or live mock emergency exercise and update their emergency plans accordingly.

From lessons learnt from last year mock exercise, if the Crane River bridge is inaccessible, the Tobermory airport, MS Chi-Cheemaun and the buses from Blue Heron and Bruce Anchor cruises will be essential to move people out. This year’s mock exercise will take place in September and tests the ability of emergency response to a mass casualty incident.

Wif Barnes, Fire Chief reported that fireworks and illegal fires are major problems. Additional Bylaw officers have been hired and work throughout the week and weekend. Fireworks after 11pm are not allowed and only permitted 2 days before and after a public holiday and on special occasions with a permit issued by the Fire Department. If you see suspicious activity, call 911 and report it immediately.

The municipality uses the same Fire Danger map as Parks Canada, which is monitored daily.

There will be a new improved Fire Danger signage at Swan Lake which will be clearly visible to residents and tourists alike.

Kirk Gibbons of Parks Canada explained that fire bans are not working, as bans simply send people further into the bush. May is a bad month and trail crews spend about 50% of their time tearing down old fire pits. With the Karst topography, a fire can follow the root system and pop up randomly. Last year 1 illegal fire caused 3 other fires on Flowerpot Island. Acknowledging that fire in the ecosystem has to happen, Parks Canada is re-examining its approach to stopping illegal fires.

Alerting the population at risk of an impending forest fire is difficult, use of radio stations such as AM 560 CFOS, FM 93 Country, FM 106.5, FM 90.7 Parks and FM 92.3 The Dock; door to door contact, mobile public address, electronic media will be some of the communication methods to be utilized.

For more information on protecting your home from wildfires, see the Home Owners Fire Smart Manual; copies can be obtained from the municipal office.

 


 

 

 

 

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