If readiness is defined by preparation then Steinbach is well set up to handle emergencies. The City of Steinbach has been presented with the Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness award.
“This award speaks to the great work in our community to ensure there is a plan in place to keep our citizens safe,” said Mayor Chris Goertzen, “Council appreciates the work and detail that goes into emergency planning for the city.”
The award, presented by the Manitoba Emergency Measures organization, recognizes the City of Steinbach’s efforts to achieve an outstanding emergency preparedness program. In 2015 Steinbach implemented, Steinbach Alert Now (steinabachalertnow.ca), an emergency notification system, where residents sign up for free to be notified by phone call, email, and text during an emergency. Steinbach is also the only community in Canada with a Storm Ready program where volunteers are trained to watch the skies and report on developments during extreme weather.
Denis Vassart, Steinbach’s Emergency Planning Coordinator, was pleased to hear about the award, “This is a community achievement. We rely on residents to take part in our programs, registering for Steinbach Alert Now, donating their time for emergency planning meetings, and volunteering for Storm Ready. Their participation and willingness to help out makes us all safer.”
The bi-annual test of the Steinbach Alert Now system will take place on Wednesday, May 10th, coinciding with National Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7-13).