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April 12, 2018

MANITOBA COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AWARDS PRESENTED

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Communities with Outstanding Emergency Preparedness Programs Recognized: Schuler

The Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Awards for 2018 are being presented to the rural municipalities of Cartier and Hanover, the Municipality of Louise, and the Southern Emergency Response Committee consisting of the RM of Stanley and the cities of Morden and Winkler, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“This award recognizes communities with programs meeting or exceeding recognized national and international standards for emergency preparedness,” said Schuler.  “While emergency preparedness is the responsibility of individual citizens, the private sector and all levels of government, municipalities form the foundation of effective emergency management.  These recipients have shown excellence in developing and maintaining their programs.

“When an emergency strikes, the importance of preparedness quickly becomes obvious,” said Joe Masi, executive director, Association of Manitoba Municipalities, and a member of the judging committee.  “The level of preparedness these communities have achieved gives their citizens a high level of confidence should a disaster occur.”

The Emergency Measures Act requires communities to have emergency preparedness programs.  The award recognizes four levels of achievement in community preparedness, modelled on Canadian and international best practices and standards.

The award is presented annually and includes public recognition by the Manitoba government, a framed certificate and road signs stating, ‘We are a Prepared Community’, to be placed at the municipality’s discretion.

“The emergency management teams in these municipalities, directed and supported by their elected leaders, have set a high standard in reducing the risk of disaster impacts on their communities.  They have accomplished this through effective hazard and risk assessment, preparation, maintenance, exercising of their emergency plans, and public engagement,” said Schuler.

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