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Posted: November 12, 2020

Emergency Preparedness Grant application approved

City of Cranbrook council provided its approval Nov. 9 to a request of Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services (CFES), to support the Regional District of East Kootenay (as the primary applicant) to apply for, receive and manage a Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) Grant on behalf of the city and in support of Evacuation Route Planning.

The CEPF grant provides up to $25,000 for a community to develop evacuation route plans.

“Our goal for the regional application is to approach the project from a multi-jurisdictional perspective where each participating community will have specific evacuation route plans developed for them, as well as benefit from regionally coordinated plans should a large scale emergency impact multiple communities,” noted a report to council from Scott Driver, CFES Director.

This project will continue to build and develop off of existing plans developed from the RDEK’s 2018 CEPF Evacuation Planning grant, and will consist of three parts: Regional Strategic Overview – high level overview of emergency management structure for evacuations (BCEMS, ICS), Interagency coordination, roles and responsibilities, etc.; Operations Guide – Functional how to guide including evacuation procedures, checklists, forms and templates (evacuation orders and alerts, states of local emergency); and Site Specific Evacuation Routing – Community and region specific evacuation routes ad mapping.

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