Why You Need a Plan
There are several reasons why your community should have a plan: in the event of an emergency, everyone knows their role; your community will be better able to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster; your community will have identified evacuation routes and resources to assist you with emergency needs (food, shelter, medical, heavy equipment, etc.); it gives your community the opportunity to identify, highlight, and prioritize emergency equipment and other capital/infrastructure needs; having an emergency plan is one of several indicators of progress toward a healthy, resourceful community.
This program includes assisting First Nations with classroom/tabletop and other exercises, as required, to test the effectiveness of their plans and response, and make recommendations where necessary to modify the plans in order to improve the outcome.
As part of the emergency planning process, FNESS will also make recommendations on community development / planning, content and implementation of training programs, equipment needs and maintenance, and generally assist people in the community to make decisions regarding emergency planning by providing information and advice.
It is important that plans be updated on a yearly basis to ensure contact names and numbers are up-to-date. Plans should also be exercised regularly so that everyone can practice their emergency roles.
To access Emergency Preparedness Training for your community, please send a written request to FNESS from your community’s Chief and Council or Band Administrator.