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By Geoff Lee

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Message is: Be prepared

Be prepared, not scared.
That’s the theme of this year’s Emergency Measures Day (EMO) and open house at the joint RM of Britannia Fire Department and Lloyd Rescue Hall on May 27.
The invitation is open to everyone with the “be prepared message,” specifically aimed at the 1,600 or so residents in the RM.
“The main focus is to make sure the RM of Britannia is prepared and that we have families prepared for a disaster or an event, so they will be able to look after themselves for at least three days,” said Norm Namur, Lloyd Rescue Squad chief.
Namur said at this time of the year in the RM, fire and even tornadoes are likely to be the leading natural disasters to prepare for.
“Flooding is not really a natural disaster here in the RM of Britannia,” he said.
“The big one here is fires.”
He said if you have to evacuate, make sure you have any medication you need, and make sure you have a home for your pets and animals.
Regardless of what type of disaster it is, Namur advises residents to be prepared to go without help for 72 hours.
“We’re saying that you need to have supplies whether it’s medical, food, water or shelter for at least three days,” he said.
“So be well prepared for those three days and hopefully by then, that natural disaster would cease or become less threatening.”
To report a fire or rescue emergency in the RM, calling 911 will activate the proper response.
EMO day is also an opportunity for the fire department and rescue squad to show the ratepayers in the RM the type of equipment and training they have when responding to an emergency.
“This is an event for the RM of Britannia, but we’re saying ‘hey everyone come out and take a look and see what Lloyd Rescue has for tools and come out and see what the Britannia Fire Department has for equipment,”’ said Namur.
On tap is a possible drone demo, a vehicle extrication demo, and a search dog demo, along with an opportunity for people to try out some of the rescue tools available in the RM.
There will also be a rural RCMP seat belt inspection and members from the SaskAlta Radio Club will be on hand among the many participants expected to pitch in.
Kids will also get a chance to shake hands or hug their favourite character from Paw Patrol.
Paw Patrol is an animated TV show for kids featuring a boy named Ryder who leads a pack of rescue dogs.
“All I know is they will attract a massive crowd; we are excited to have them,” said Namur, who noted one of his members will be donning a Paw Patrol costume.
A bouncy house will also be set up for kids at the hall, located just east of Lloydminster on Highway 16.
Burgers and refreshments will be provided by the Lloydminster and District Co-op.
“We’re welcoming everyone to come out and enjoy a fun day,” said Namur.
He is also calling for better weather than last year’s EMO day, which was nearly rained out.
“We really want to have the people come out,” he said.

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