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Record floods, heatwave, wildfires prompt Armstrong emergency talks

Community information session on emergency preparedness slated for Thursday, May 5, Centennial Hall
The City of Armstrong will host an information session on emergency preparedness for its residents Thursday, May 5. (Morning Star - file photo)

The City of Armstrong will host an emergency management community information session to help residents with understanding emergency preparedness.

Residents can bring any questions they may have Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. to the Centennial Hall, in conjunction with Emergency Management Week, May 1-7.

“Since 2017 the City of Armstrong has seen record flooding events, drought, heatwaves, and wildfires that have impacted our community,” said city emergency program coordinator Warren Smith. “In response to global climate change city council recognized the importance of ensuring that appropriate steps are taken to increase preparedness, response, mitigation efforts and consider advanced recovery measures.

“The city also recognizes that the community as a whole must take steps towards personal preparedness and that the city plays a leadership role in ensuring that our citizens and businesses are aware of their own preparedness.

The information session will include presentations on a variety of topics that focus on city preparedness, response and mitigation efforts, personal emergency planning for residents and businesses owners.

Representatives from the city, Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department, Emergency Management B.C. and the Canadian Red Cross will be in attendance to answer questions.

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