Local state of emergency declared in Fernie
The City of Fernie has declared a State of Local Emergency due to a hazardous materials release threat to property and life.
The State of Local Emergency will remain in effect for seven days until October 24, at midnight unless cancelled by order of the City of Fernie or the Minister responsible.
Residents in the evacuation area have been provided overnight accommodations. Emergency Social Services will reopen in the morning if required, the City of Fernie stated in a public bulletin.
The following is the city declaration signed by Mayor Mary Giuliano:
WHEREAS a hazardous materials release is occurring in the City of Fernie; AND WHEREAS a hazardous materials release is threatening the properties in the City of Fernie.
AND WHEREAS this hazardous materials release requires prompt coordination of action or special regulation of persons or property to protect the health, safety or welfare of people or to limit damage to property;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED pursuant to Section 12 (1) of the Emergency Program Act (RS, 1996, Chap 111) that due to a hazardous materials release threat to property and life, a state of local emergency exists in the City of Fernie;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT the City of Fernie, its employees, servants and agents are empowered pursuant to Section 13 (1) of the Emergency Program Act to do all acts and implement all procedures that are considered necessary to prevent or to alleviate the effects of the emergency.
ORDERED by Mayor Giuliano this date October 17, 2017 to remain in force for seven days until October 24, 2017 at midnight unless cancelled by order of the City of Fernie or the Minister responsible.