NRCAER

Northeast Region CAER is a mutual aid emergency response association in Alberta that was formed in 1991. Our members include emergency management professionals, pipeline companies, chemical transporters, and area municipal emergency response departments.

Be Emergency Ready Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 - 12, 2018

May 2, 2018: Local mutual aid emergency response organization Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER), is hosting a free event to encourage residents to Be Emergency Ready.

Wednesday, May 9th from 3:45 – 5:15
Fort Saskatchewan Co-Op parking lot
Information, Giveaways, Hotdogs, Response Vehicles

“As a region, we need to be emergency ready, regardless of what the emergency is,” says Brenda Gheran of NRCAER. The late spring resulted in recent overland flooding. Now that the snow has melted, there is a lot of dry vegetation, and that means potential for wildfires. “Emergency Preparedness Week is a time to start conversations and take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies.”  

A recent survey asked residents in the area questions about emergency readiness with the following results:
·         85% of respondents were somewhat or very prepared to look after their household   immediate needs for 72 hours
·         54% were somewhat or very prepared to evacuate with a kit of essentials ready to go
·         37% were aware of the Shelter in Place safety action in response to an airborne hazard

“Ongoing community education and awareness is key to an effective response,” emphasizes Gheran. “It’s up to each of us to do our part, and with free resources at our finger tips, preparing is easier than ever.” Gheran refers to the Alberta Emergency Management Agency www.aema.alberta.ca and www.getprepared.gc.ca websites.

Residents were also asked about their primary information source in an emergency:
·         43% said local media
·         26% said local municipality
·         22% said social media
·         13% said alert systems

Recently, wireless public alerting came into effect in Canada. On May 9th, a nation-wide test of the system will be conducted. Smart phones that are LTE network enabled will receive a text message. “These are all tools in the toolkit, and no single method will reach 100% of the people, 100% of the time,” says Gheran. “It is better than it’s ever been, and all the tools help get people the right information at the right time.”

NRCAER members include emergency management professionals from area industry and the municipalities of Bruderheim, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Morinville, Lamont, Strathcona and Sturgeon. Since 1991, the group has been sharing best practices in emergency response planning, training, community safety education and notification. Further information can be found at www.nrcaer.com

Be Ready to Go Make Your Personal Preparedness Kit Personal

April 24th, 2017 Fort Saskatchewan: May 1st marks the anniversary of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Wildfire, and one of the largest evacuations in Canadian history. Local mutual aid emergency response organization Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER), wants residents in our region to Be Ready to Go.

 Nearly 90,000 people had a short amount of time to flee, many leaving behind homes and possessions they would never see again. “Imagine having 20 minutes to gather what you need and get out – not knowing when you’ll be back, or what you will come back to,” says Brenda Gheran with NRCAER. “I think we can all agree it would be overwhelming, so the time to think about and prepare for it is before an emergency happens,” Gheran says.

 Planning ahead and putting together an emergency preparedness kit can make a big difference to your safety and your ability to bounce back from any emergency. “Kits are important, however you need to make your personal kit personal, to reflect your individual needs,” emphasizes Gheran.

 In addition to water, food, first aid kits, flashlights and blankets, Gheran recommends having copies of important documents, including passports, health care cards, social insurance cards, insurance policies, prescriptions and contact numbers in kits, to be ready to grab and go if needed.

 May 7 to 13th is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada.

 Free Emergency Preparedness Event for the Community

Monday, May 1st from 4:00 – 5:30

Fort Saskatchewan Co-Op parking lot  

Information, Giveaways, Hotdogs, Response Vehicles

NRCAER members include emergency management professionals from area industry and the municipalities of Bruderheim, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Morinville, Lamont, Strathcona and Sturgeon. Since 1991, the group has been sharing best practices in emergency response planning and management, training, community safety education and notification. Further information can be found at www.nrcaer.com
 

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 Brenda Gheran, Executive Director NRCAER   executivedirector@nrcaer.com

780-424-0162

Sherritt Exercise Tests Multi-Agency Response

 

Media Release

Sherritt Exercise Tests Multi-Agency Response

October 6, 2016 Fort Saskatchewan: On the morning of October 6th, Sherritt International held an emergency response training exercise at its Fort Saskatchewan facility.

"We do a large scale activity every five years to challenge our assumptions and make necessary adjustments to our emergency preparedness plans to ensure our employees and communities are safe," says Mark Fermandell, Sherritt’s General Manager. "We appreciate the collaboration and tremendous effort put in by our partners such as the local first responders, mutual aid partners and local government agencies during the planning and execution of this exercise. Having our partners input and participation will allow us to improve emergency preparedness capabilities with our neighbours as a whole and will make our communities safer and stronger together."

Multi-agency exercises provide an opportunity for mutual aid partners to work together and strengthen joint response capability in the region, according to Brenda Gheran, Executive Director of Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER), the region’s mutual aid emergency response organization. "In addition to exercise evaluators and observers from about 20 organizations, a number of our members and partners had active roles in the Sherritt exercise including Agrium, Dow, Fort Saskatchewan RCMP and the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department."

"Sherritt has a comprehensive emergency management program and a long history of working with our local fire department as well as others in the region through NRCAER," says Fort Saskatchewan Fire Chief, James Clark. "Participating in exercises at industry sites is a benefit to our firefighters, as they get familiar with a specialized response and experience how we work collaboratively with our local industry for safety." As part of the exercise, the City of Fort Saskatchewan also activated its Emergency Operations Centre, providing a training opportunity for City staff.

About Sherritt:

Sherritt is a world leader in the mining and refining of nickel from lateritic ores with projects and operations in Canada, Cuba, and Madagascar. The Corporation is the largest independent energy producer in Cuba, with extensive oil and power operations across the island. Sherritt licenses its proprietary technologies and provides metallurgical services to mining and refining operations worldwide. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "S".

Media inquiries:

416-935-2421 communications@sherritt.com or investor@sherritt.com www.sherritt.com

About NRCAER

NRCAER is a mutual aid emergency response association formed in 1991. Members include emergency management professionals from local industry and municipalities in the area known as Alberta’s industrial heartland. In its 25-year history, the group has focused on enhancing safety through multi-agency training and sharing best practices for emergency management and response.

www.nrcaer.com.

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Information Contacts: Lyle Trytten, Director, Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs, Sherritt International Corp.

780.992.7302 ltrytten@sherrittmetals.com

Brenda Gheran, NRCAER Executive Director

780-424-0162

© 2014 NRCAER (Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response)
 #300, 9940 - 99 Ave
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 4G8
Tel. 780-424-0162 | info@nrcaer.com

 
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