Town of St. Walburg Emergency Plan
Emergency Planning Act – Government Document ~ States that: Every Local authority shall establish a local emergency measures organization. Appoint a local EMO coordinator and establish an emergency planning committee.
This, the Town of St. Walburg has done and has been in place for a number of years. We have held many training sessions locally so people could become better versed in what would be required should we experience an emergency or disaster. Training is ongoing.
General Introduction and Aim
- The responsibility for the health and welfare of its people rests with the elected officials of the Town of St. Walburg. Every municipality must be prepared to the extent of its own capabilities to meet the threat that may arise from emergencies and disasters.
- The aim of the St. Walburg Emergency Measures Organization Plan is to provide the earliest possible coordinated response in order that the following is assured:
- Minimizing the effects of an emergency or disaster on the Town of St. Walburg and its inhabitants;
- The protection and preservation of health and private property and;
- The restoration of essential services.
- Emergency response operations covered by this emergency plan are to be carried out when an emergency or disaster has occurred requiring a coordinated response. It does not apply to those day to day situations normally dealt with by municipal emergency services.
Who is involved:
- Mayor, Council and Town Staff
- Elaine Reeve, EMO Coordinator
- Member of the Reception & Inquiry: Marlene Hanson, Gwen Zweifel, Sheila Illerbrun, Reverend Sellwood, Fr. Janusz Bizowski and Clare Church; plus members of the different organizations in St. Walburg ~ such as the Royal Purple – feeding, CWL – clothing and numerous others who were trained for traffic control and security. The Emergency Operations Centre will be located at the St. Walburg Seniors Centre at 16 Main Street.
Registration, Reception & Inquiry
The purpose of this group is to organize so that we have a plan in place and folks are trained in how to operate an evacuation center. In St. Walburg, the Elks Hall is the first choice. Parts of this Reception and Inquiry program consists of registration, feeding, lodging (if required) and person services of which one aspect may be crisis counseling.
Emergency Operations Centre
The emergency center is where decisions are made by Elected Officials and those who have duties to perform such as Fire Chief, Sask. Utilities and R.C.M.P. to name a few. They basically support the operations of the incident site. The emergency site manager comes to this group for advice and to get the items that are required. For example, if the site manager feels an evacuation is required then the EOC becomes involved, council declares State of Emergency and the registration/reception is activated. Now the EOC has to support the site manager and the reception center.
St. Walburg is a member of the North West Mutual Aid area which means that if Council needs more help we can call on these other members for help and equipment.
The St. Walburg Emergency plans for the Town of St. Walburg and we also have a plan for the Water Treatment Plant. These are available at the Town Office should you choose to read it.
Disaster Planning for what folks need to do in case of storms, lengthy power outages, etc. are available on the Town of St. Walburg website: stwalburg.ca
We are looking for people to volunteer to become involved in disaster planning and training is provided. We need people for the reception centre operation as ideally we should have enough folks so that 3 shifts are available. In a long lasting evacuation, people need to rest or return to their jobs. This was experienced last summer in Saskatchewan.
If you wish to get involved or need more information you can call (306) 248-3595 or the Town Office at (306) 248-3232.