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Preparing for emergencies

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Winnipeg’s Q Collaborations Inc. is taking over emergency preparedness responsibilities in the RM of St. Francois Xavier (SFX) following the end of the C.a.S.H. emergency management board on Dec. 31.

Q Collaborations assists municipal governments with Disaster Financial Assistance claims and recovery management. Company owner Mel Nott confirmed that a contract is being signed that will see his company provide a co-ordinator available within a two-hour drive of the municipality. The co-ordinator will work with the municipality to ensure the emergency plan is updated annually as is required by the provincial Emergency Measures Office.

SFX reeve Roger Poitras said he’s sure the company will provide reliable service on a 24-7 basis for the municipality.

He looks forward to meeting the designated co-ordinator, Sean Moran, in early January when Moran tours the municipality.

The contract with Q Collaborations states that municipal staff will look after recruiting and maintaining a list of local volunteers willing to help in an emergency.

Poitras previously said he’s pleased that some local volunteers have received emergency training through C.a.S.H., which had operated for 10 years.

— Staff

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