Emergency Preparedness Week for Thursday, May 5/16
Posted: May 5, 2016
The RM of East St. Paul Emergency Preparedness Team would like to invite all residents to participate in Emergency Preparedness Week which is taking place from May 1-7, 2016.
The Province of Manitoba mandates every municipality in the province to conduct an Emergency Exercise a minimum of 2 times in a 3 year period. The East St. Paul Emergency Preparedness Team has conducted 2 exercises in the past 24 months and is in the early planning stages of conducting another exercise in the latter part of 2016 or early 2017. The exercises we conducted most recently were held conjunction with Imperial Oil and CEMR. We strive to partner with outside agencies when conducting emergency exercises to ensure all personnel have a clear understanding of the each agency’s Emergency Plan and response procedures.
As we move forward with planning with our next exercise we will post information as to the nature, date and time of the exercise on the municipal website. Technology is an important tool in the planning, response, and mitigation of an exercise or more importantly during an emergency incident or disaster.
Using Technology During a Disaster
We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:
- If possible, use
non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These
use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone
- If you must use a phone, keep
your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency
personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone’s battery.
- Unable to complete a call? Wait
10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note,
cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power
outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your
- Keep extra batteries or a
charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a
solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don’t have a cell
phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
- Keep your contacts up to
your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach
important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child’s school,
or insurance agent.
- If you have a smartphone, save
your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
- Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!
RM East St. Paul Emergency Preparedness Team