Emergency planners get formal in Queen Charlotte

  • Jan. 23, 2006 7:00 a.m.

Members of the Queen Charlotte emergency preparedness committee brought their own bylaw to a recent council meeting with a view to establishing a more formal relationship.
Committee member Anne Mountifield presented the emergency bylaw to councillors, noting that the province requires there be such a bylaw in place in each municipality.
She said the committee wants to be recognized as a sub-committee of the council.
Committee chair Larry Duke also attended the meeting and asked for a small budget for photocopying, office supplies and advertising.
The committee has already prepared a hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment, which helps a community make risk-based choices, mitigate hazards and prepare for hazard events.
Mr. Duke says the group plans to have a complete emergency plan done by spring.
The volunteers meet two times a month and Mr. Duke said a council member would be welcome to attend meetings.
Mayor Carol Kulesha praised the committee for the work they have done. She said she attended a meeting when a mock disaster was held and the experience left a powerful impression on her.
She said the committee was welcome to use the supplies at the village office, but didn’t commit to a budget. She also said the new administrator, who will be in place by February, would be the logical person to attend committee meetings.