RDFFG Looks to Ways to Improve Handling of Emergencies
Prince George, B.C. – The Regional District of Fraser Fort George has taken a very close look at how it handled the emergency created by the Little Bob Tail Lake fire in May of this year. The fire threatened homes and cottages in the Bednesti and Normal Lake areas, forcing the need for evacuation alerts and orders. In a report presented to the Board of Directors , Regional District staff presented several recommendations on how the Regional District can improve its emergency response actions. The recommendations are laid out in three themes, Technical, Procedural and Preparedness.
- improvements to information technology
- EOC facilities
- communication methods
- Develop an emergency event review process as policy
- Execution of alert and order notifications
- integrated and consistent public information
- Emergency Management exercises for the Directors on the Board\ Presentations on upcoming risks (flood, ice jams, fires etc)
- Livestock own/association preparedness
- Fostering positive working relationships with community groups and associations
- On going revision of the Regional District’s Emergency Response and Recovery Plan which was originally developed in 2006.
The staff report also indicates the Regional District spent about $55 thousand dollars dealing with the Little Bob Tail Lake fire emergency. Those costs are fully covered by the Provincial Government.