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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lessons from Tornado

South Huron | by Rick Stow  

South Huron was quick to help in Goderich after tornado, has learned a few lessons.

The Municipality of South Huron was quick to come to the aid of neighbours in Goderich when the F3 tornado struck August 21st.

Chief Administrative Officer Roy Hardy says the fire department took municipality's aerial ladder to help with second-storey rescues.

Now that things are in the reconstruction phase in Goderich, South Huron's Building Department has loaned out an official to receive and process permit applications.

Hardy notes it's good to be able to rely on neighbours in times of crisis.

At a recent meeting -- Hardy responded to concerns raised by one council member.

Hardy says the South Huron Emergency Plan is posted on the municipality's website.

The Plan is revised annually.

Hardy says there are lessons to be learned from an F3 magnitude tornado-- and questions to be asked when updating the emergency plan.

He thinks that the plan should revisit where to evacuate Exeter or Dashwood residents if a similar weather event struck those communities.

Hardy says reviewing the South Huron Emergency Plan is timely, as the area is now getting some severe storms.


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