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Flood danger ends, but stay on guard

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Although the danger of spring flooding is over, municipal emergency measures co-ordinator Mitch McCormick wants people to keep emergency preparedness in mind.


McCormick heads the C.a.S.H. office which oversees emergency management for the RMs of Cartier, St. Francois Xavier and Headingley.


Municipalities are responsible for responding to emergencies such as wildfires, severe storms and chemical spills, with the support of the provincial Emergency Measures Office. McCormick, assistant co-ordinator Karen Timchuk and a team of volunteers are ready to assist municipal and emergency staff as needed. For example, if families are evacuated because of a fire, C.a.S.H. volunteers could help arrange for temporary housing, food and other supplies.


"We always need volunteers in major or minor roles," McCormick said, adding that the EMO offers free training in basic emergency preparation and in specific functions, such as community recovery, after an emergency is over.


The recent catastrophic tornado in Oklahoma brought to mind the F5 tornado that destroyed homes and part of a flour mill in Elie in June 2007. RM of Cartier reeve Roland Rasmussen said he hopes Elie won’t be struck by another natural disaster, but urges residents to watch the sky when storm clouds gather.


He would like to have telecom companies instructed to use their cellular transmission towers to broadcast emergency warning messages as radio and TV stations do. By doing so, people could be notified of a possible emergency on a 24-hour basis through their mobile devices.


For more information about C.a.S.H. and to volunteer, contact McCormick at cashm.e.c.2012@gmail.com or see
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