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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tornado Report Filed

Goderich | by Rick Stow  

The report into community response to tornado in Goderich filed with EMO.


The paperwork has been filed on Goderich's community response to the August 21st tornado.

Local Crisis Emergency Management Chair Lynda Rotteau collected data from 26 agencies and individuals tasked with dealing with the crisis.

The report was presented to Goderich Council at its meeting on December 12th, and then sent on to Emergency Management Ontario.

Rotteau tells us by fluke, the annual summer disaster exercise dealt with the recovery process, so when the time came for the ODRAP campaign to kick in, everybody knew what to do.

She says the SPCA, who helped rescue so many pets, was itself in need of assistance as its facilities were in the tornado's "Red Zone."

Rotteau says a team of counsellors had its share of work dealing with the human trauma.

For the many who complained about the short notice the community received, Rotteau suggests investing in an Environment Canada "Weather radio."

She has been pleased to share the knowledge gained not only with her peers -- but with a group of scientists who study responses to the effects of Mother Nature's furies.

Rotteau says that by sharing knowledge, everyone's emergency responses improve.

 

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