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Prescott talks emergency management plans

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"I think Tracy has done a great job on this," said Councillor Mike Ostrander.

The annual report was prepared by Tracy Day, fire administrator with the Prescott Fire Department and the town's community emergency management coordinator (CEMC), and the report provided council with a review of the town's emergency preparedness plans and an update on changes.

The provincial Office of the Fire Marshal requires that the town's Emergency Management Program Committee meet at least once a year to review the emergency preparedness procedures. The committee met twice this year - once in April and once in October. The committee reviewed the town's critical infrastructure, reviewed and updated hazardous identification and risk assessment (HIRA) procedures and updated the town's municipal emergency contact group (MECG).

The MECG also undertook some special training this year, and the town observed emergency preparedness week in May, during which there were efforts made to better publicize the importance of municipalities making and maintaining plans to deal with town-wide emergencies.

At the end of November, the town held a tabletop emergency simulation to make sure all those involved in responding to an emergency know their role and were acquainted with the town's emergency response plan. A particular focus was placed on the town's critical infrastructure and making sure there is effective communication between all those involved in emergency preparedness.

The exercise also introduced the use of a special program called Who's Responding and made use of Municipal 511 services. Further implementing the use of these services will be a focus for the town next year. The annual report also outlined a few other objectives, among them, training alternate members of the municipal emergency contact group and continuing to revise and make improvements to the emergency response plan.

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