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MLA Pat Stier Debates Bill 8 – Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2018

By Pat Stier, MLA

MLA Pat Stier participated in a debate earlier this week with the Minister of Municipal Affairs. They were debating Bill 8 the Emergency Management Amendment Act, 2018 in Committee of the Whole. Bill 8 includes a number of amendments to the Emergency Management Act (EMA) including:

  • Clarifying liability when individuals ignore a mandatory evacuation order.
  • Clarifying that the dispute resolution mechanism is responsible for deciding compensation amounts, not whether applicant is eligible for compensation.
  • Improving local authority’s ability to declare local state of emergency.
  • Standardizing roles and responsibilities of a local authority’s Emergency Advisory Committees (EACs).
  • Standardizing the roles and responsibilities of municipalities’ local Emergency Management Agency (LEMA).
  • Enhancing regional collaboration in responding to emergency.
  • Ensuring municipal elected officials and staff are trained, prepared, and knowledgeable of their assigned roles in an emergency.
  • Ensuring that Alberta’s communities are prepared to respond to emergencies and disasters.
  • Requiring municipalities to conduct training exercises to test their emergency management plan.

These amendments were largely in response to issues and concerns that were received in response to a string of large-scale disasters going back to the 2011 Slave Lake fire including the recent Kenow wildfire in southwest Alberta.

The debate can be read in Hansard

 

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