Town Council Briefed On Plans For Fort McMurray Evacuees

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
May 12, 2016 - 6:55am

Drayton Valley Town Council was given an update on the number of evacuees in the town, with that number sitting at 255 officially registered, and it’s suspected more are not yet registered.

Workplace Safety and Emergency Coordinator for The Town of Drayton Valley Denis Poulin said it was the largest activation of emergency management in Drayton Valley’s history, and admitted that ‘We weren’t 100 per-cent prepared for the size of this event, but the effort has been remarkable.”

No one is staying overnight in the Omniplex, but Poulin suspects that will change. 100 cots are on hand and set up on Omni 3 pad, with an additional 200 on stand by.

A housing building system on the rodeo grounds is also being implemented, which will give evacuees full water, sanitary and power systems. Poulin expects “It will be a long haul for evacuees.”

Bus systems will be set up as well, to help get people to places such as the hospital or grocery stores. As for children affected by the disaster who want to continue going to school, every public and private school in the area will not turn away pupils wanting to attend classes.

Currently there are a total of 13 reception centers like the one in Drayton Valley set up across the province for Fort Mac evacuees.

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