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Newsletter March 2019

GAME-CHANGING NEWS FOR DRUMHELLER!

We did it! On March 12, Minister Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communites was at the Royal Tyrrell Museum with our Mayor, Councillors, business leaders, the Chief of Siksika Nation, and residents to announce $22M in federal funding for our community through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), a grant to help Canadian communities mitigate future flooding disasters. It was an honour to host the Minister and showcase our resiliency and flood mitigation plan to protect our residents and properties from climate change.

The Government of Alberta also confirmed $28M in funding from the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP), a multi-year grant program that supports the design and construction of projects that protect critical infrastructure from flooding and drought and to help ensure public safety. These gamechanging funding announcements plus the $5M Town Council approved last November, brings our total to $55M in funding for our Flood Mitigation and Climate Adaptation System over the next ten years for flood preparedness.

With this support, we are changing the channel on flood readiness to mitigate the risk of future floods, to
keep families safe and to prosper well into the 21st century.

GETTING FLOOD READY FOR MAY 2019

While we are all celebrating this monumental success, there is a lot of work ahead, especially if we want to be ready for this flood season which is right around the corner. As we negotiate the terms and conditions of the provincial and federal funding over the coming months, we need your support, engagement and commitment to implement this ambitious resiliency plan and do your part. We all need to plan ahead to secure our loved ones, vulnerable community members, pets & animals and property in the event of flooding.

GET THE APP!

First Aid – The official Canadian Red Cross First Aid app puts lifesaving advice in your hands. The app helps maintain your first aid skills and respond to everyday emergencies.

Zello – A “walkie-talkie” app for Smartphones and Androids, Zello allows you to communicate with a pre-programmed network of friends, family, or local emergency stations. You can transmit short blasts of information out to your network of friends and family using very little bandwidth.

PLANNING AHEAD AND PREPARING FOR A FLOOD

Municipal emergency plan

As a municipality, it is our duty to do what we can to protect the lives, property, environment and economy of our residents during natural disasters. We are planning ahead and preparing by updating our emergency response plan and developing response protocols for existing and temporary berm protection. Staff are being trained in various incident command roles and we have developed a dedicated emergency operations center.

What we need from you

A project like this is the responsibility of the entire community. Everyone has a role to play in flood readiness by being informed, planning ahead and taking action when the time comes. Businesses, organizations, schools, hospitals, and residents should have a solid plan to be safe, manage the risk and mitigate the damage should a flooding disaster occur.

TEMPORARY FLOOD MEASURES

Waterproof your basement and prevent sewer back up

  • Know where your floor drains, back-flow prevention and clean-out sewer lines are located
  • Install a back-flow prevention device on your sewer pipe
  • Check your sump pump periodically to make sure it is operating as it should
  • Plug toilets, sinks, sewer standpipes and drains with rags or caps where possible during a flood

Eavestroughs and downspouts

  • Eavestroughs and extensions should drain away from the home and its foundation at least 1.5 metres away and soak onto landscaped areas vs concrete areas and away from your neighbours’ homes
  • Do not connect extensions to sanitary sewer lines or weeping tiles
  • Ensure that leaves and debris are cleared from gutiers to prevent rainwater accumulation

GETTING PREPARED FOR A FLOOD

Preparing your household
• Plan and practice your family emergency preparedness plan
• Prepare a ‘go bag’ with emergency supplies for 72 hours

Preparing kids and youth
• Get kids to pack their own 72-hour emergency ‘go bag’
• Pack a few games, favourite stuffed animal in their 72-hour bag

Preparing your home, condo or apartment
• Assign floor wardens at your facility if you live in a condo or apartment
• Have a list of residents and know your muster point in the event entire facility is evacuated
• Know who to call if utilities need to be shut off

Preparing your pets
• Emergency kits should include pet photos, food, leash, collar and carrier
• Have a care plan and temporary residence in place for your pet’s safekeeping

Preparing farm animals
• Have an emergency plan in place to evacuate your animals and an emergency kit ready to go
• Read the Alberta Emergency Preparedness for Farm Animals guide at
www.aema.alberta.ca

Preparing your business
• Create an emergency preparedness and business continuity plan and practice it with employees
• Think about how to protect critical assets and documents during a disaster

Preparing your neighbourhood
• Discuss a plan with neighbours to check everyone’s safety during a flood
• Don’t forget to talk to elderly neighbours, people living alone or with a disability about
their plans and offer to assist

Preparing seniors
• Have a trusted support network of 2-3 people to check in and assist in an emergency
• Emergency kits for seniors should have extra medication, medical and mobility devices

Preparing people with disabilities
• Have a trusted support network of 2-3 people to check in and assist in an emergency
• Emergency kits should include all special needs items and those needs should be clearly outlined (difficulty hearing, dietary restrictions etc.)

72 HOUR EMERGENCY KIT CHECKLIST

Planning ahead and preparing for a flood means having a 72-hour emergency kit with basic supplies, personal items, and important documents ready to go at a moment’s notice, including the following:

Basic supplies

  • First aid kit
  • Water (4 litres per person/per day for drinking and hygiene)
  • Non-perishable food items that are canned or dried (ready to eat)
  • Can opener
  • Multi-purpose tool (swiss army knife & lighter)
  • Flashlights & extra batteries
  • Essential electronics – phones & chargers
  • Hand-crank radio
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Garbage bags & ties
  • Moist towelettes

Basic supplies

  • Passports
  • Birth & marriage certificates
  • Insurance policies
  • Diplomas & educational records
  • Household inventory list
  • Wills & power of attorney
  • Bank account/credit lines/credit card numbers & contacts
  • Emergency contact information
  • Social insurance number
  • Driver’s licence & medical card numbers
  • Immunization & medical records
  • Financial information (income tax returns, etc.)

Basic supplies

  • Prescription medication
  • Medical equipment and devices (walkers, etc.)
  • Eyeglasses & hearing aids
  • Vitamins
  • Cash (preferably smaller bills)
  • Blankets & sleeping bags
  • Warm clothing and change of clothes (more socks & undergarments)
  • Footwear
  • Essential hygiene items (soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • If you don’t have a cell phone, have a pre-paid phone card ready
  • Infant formula, diapers for babies
  • Pet registration, info & photos
  • Pet food, spare leash, collar & carrier

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