Online option available
The Lesser Slave Lake area is no stranger to fires and floods, sometimes in the same year. This means that emergency preparedness is very important.
On April 20, the Alberta government announced a new way to register at a reception centre during an emergency. This is online through the MyAlberta Emergency Registration System (MAERS). Should internet access not be available, people can sign up by calling the Government of Alberta call centre (310-0000).
The news release says this should speed up access to government services and decrease the need for in-person interaction, which could lead to the spread of COVID-19. The information will be used by provincial and local municipal emergency management leaders to support Albertans who have had to leave their homes.
At the most recent Interagency meeting, Trina Napier, with Slave Lake AHS – Mental Health and Addictions, said she is willing to offer emergency preparedness courses, if there is enough interest. To look into a course, call Slave Lake AHS Mental Health at 780-849-7127.
(From the news release)
- The online registration systems are part of government’s response to the recommendation to develop a provincial registration system and a supportable reception centre system made in the 2017 KPMG Wood Buffalo Wildfire Post-Incident Assessment Report.
- The new online registration system will also be used for emergencies that do not require an evacuation. Shelter-in-place emergencies may include a hazardous material spill, train derailment, active shooter in the area or a storm that has caused a power outage or debris on the road.
- Residents are able to register themselves and their pets with MAERS.