Village of McBride office
(Village of McBride)

By Abigail Popple, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, RMG

The Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness granted the Village of McBride over $24,000 last month. 

The money will be used to expand the Village’s Emergency Operations Centre to have six workstations, more laptops and monitors, a mobile printer, and mountable radio units for improved communication during emergencies, according to the Ministry. 

Additionally, all Village staff will receive basic emergency operations training. Five staff members will be trained to play a key role in emergency operations: there will be one operations manager, one emergency planner, two people in emergency logistics, and one person working as an information officer, the Minstry told The Goat.

The Ministry was unable to say when this training will take place. These roles follow the Province’s Emergency Operations Centre Guidelines, said the Ministry.

The operations manager will oversee McBride’s Action Plan for emergencies, as recommended in the Guidelines. The emergency planner will develop the Action Plan and maintain other documentation for the Emergency Operations Centre, while logistics managers will provide the facilities, services, personnel, and other equipment needed for emergency operations.

Village CAO Jeanette McDougall did not respond to any of The Goat’s repeated requests for comment.