The County of St. Paul, along with partners, the Town of Elk Point, St. Paul, and the Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay have completed their Regional Emergency Management Plan (REMP), for now. What that means is the plan is ever-growing and never finished, explains Councillor for the Town of Elk Point, Lorne Young. The Plan cannot be completed because there are always situations that may arise in the future the partners could not possibly prepare for; however, the plan is complete to today’s foreseeable situations.
REMP took months to compile and includes a multitude of emergency scenarios and how to proceed should an emergency occur; everything from a flu pandemic to a massive forest fire, to a severe winter storm. Now that REMP is complete, the Town of Elk Point has adopted their own policy to include the procedures outlined in the manual. “We created our policy, in our own format. Basically, it says the same thing (REMP) does but we added it into our policy handbook. We follow the direction (REMP) set,” explains Councillor Young.
“It’s always going to be a work in progress, but the big substance of it is complete. The document, itself, is constantly being updated,” Young says one emergency that would never be a factor, may be ten years down the road.