Emergency Preparedness Plan Presented
September 17, 2014
Cote Saint-Luc is renowned as a municipality that has been a leader for decades in Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety. Our EMS, which started in the early 1960s as a civil protection organization known as EMO is more than 50 years old.
I joined EMO some 35 years ago followed by Ruth Kovac a few years later. The two of us have been partners in promoting disaster planning and safety ever since. We attended the Emergency Preparedness College of Canada in the early 1990s (along with the late Vera Danyluk, former mayor of TMR and chair of the MUC) and many disaster conferences and training sessions since.
I have headed up the city’s Emergency Preparedness committee for many years. Our goal is to to plan, to review, to practice and to be prepared!
But no training is as good as real live practice and we have had our fair share in Cote Saint-Luc. From floods and ice storms to dangerous heat waves we have managed local disaster to mitigate risk and inconvenience to our residents and bring situations back to normal as quickly as possible. Ruth and I have personally worked through these disasters and we’ve headed up teams of incredible volunteers and professional, skilled staff.
Our point person on this dossier is Jordy Reichson. Jordy has spent a significant part of his life honing his skills in disaster management. We have volunteered together and for many years and he has served as the city’s director of public safety, a department encompassing EMS, vCOP, Public Security, emergency communications and Emergency Preparedness as well as relations with all other emergency services.
Jordy presented an overview of our Emergency Preparedness Plan earlier this week in a public meeting, highlighting some of its changes and improvements over the years, explaining the city’s readiness to deal with disaster. The full presentation can be viewed below.