Just because we live in one of the most peaceful communities in the Montreal area doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about what can go horribly wrong at any moment. And for this reason some very specialized people gathered at Cote Saint-Luc city hall earlier this week to discuss disasters, large and small, natural and man-made.
The emergency preparedness plan of the City includes three vital groups of participants:
- The City of Côte Saint-Luc, including the Mayor and Council, and employees;
- Regional services, such as the Montreal Police, Montreal Fire Department, Urgences-santé and provincial and federal government;
- YOU, the resident! Each person has a vital role to play in preparing for and mitigating the risks of disasters
The city has identified the following to be the most likely risks affecting our territory:
- Major fire
- Train accident or derailment
- Weather-related incident, such as an extreme snow- ice- or wind-storm, heat or cold spell, etc.
- Public health incident (pandemic or epidemic)
- Power failure during a period of extreme temperature (heat or cold)
- Terrorist activity
- Shortage, absence or contamination of the water supply
- Computer network or communications network outage
- Hazardous materials incident
- Airplane crash
As the chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Committee I ensure that we bring experts around the table each year to review and update our emergency plan and that we test the plan with our staff and volunteers and keep our residents informed and aware.
Last year CSL City Council made Emergency Preparedness a major priority for 2014. We held a public information meeting about emergency preparedness. We dedicated an entire issue of the CSL Courier to this important topic and we launched the CSL Alert Mass Notification System. CSL Alert allows you to opt-in to receive notifications via phone call, text message, e-mail and more based on locations you care about. You can choose to receive notifications about events that may affect your home, workplace, family’s schools and more. Visit http://www.cotesaintluc.org/Alert to learn more.