A meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Committee was held during the summer. The timing of this meeting, although coincidental, was a few days after the tragic Lac Megantic rail disaster. With disaster response top of many minds, the meeting was very fruitful and brought together representatives of the city, Montreal Police and Canadian Pacific police services, the public health agency and others to discuss emergency preparedness and response plans in Cote Saint-Luc.

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson gave a presentation on existing and emerging threats affecting organizations Canada-wide including climate-related natural disasters and cyber-threats.

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson

Amongst the tasks identified by the committee are the creation of a Crisis Communications Plan, the implementation of an emergency notification system, a review of the threat assessment list, a public education program and a tabletop exercise.

A master plan for emergency preparedness for 2013-2014 is currently in the works to establish a timeline for training, inventory verification, communications plans and more.

As chairman of Emergency Preparedness I am grateful to those who serve on this committee as their dedication and expertise helps to continuously assure that residents of our city are well protected.

Councillors Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac enrolled at the Emergency Preparedness College of Canada 1991

Councillors Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac enrolled at the Emergency Preparedness College of Canada 1991

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For more information on Emergecny Preparedness in Cote Saint-Luc visit http://www.cotesaintluc.org/EmergencyPreparedness.