Emergencies can be an incredibly stressful time for communities, especially when it can leave people without homes or in severe distress. In times like this you may be wondering what you can do to help, and the Wheatland Regional Emergency Management Partnership (WREMP) is offering an opportunity to help out during times of need.

Representing Wheatland County, Strathmore, Chestermere, Hussar, Rockyford, and Standard, WREMP is looking for people or organizations who would be willing to share their resources or skills during times of crisis. 

"During emergencies, the use of hired equipment and/or contract services may be essential; contractors will be called to provide various services," a WREMP document reads.

Services that may be required include, but are not limited to:

  • Specialized contractors include electricians, mechanical contractors, millwrights with welding experience, certified gas fitters, gas plant operators, instrumentation technicians, and general contractors.
  • Equipment owners and operators specializing in maintenance and repair of water and sewer systems; excavating and trenching; paving and concrete work; equipment rentals (including operators); waste and wastewater hauling; agricultural farming. 
  • Owners of lodging or food services and ESS (Employee Self Service) volunteers

There are several requirements to join the program, which are:

  • All equipment must be owned or leased-to-own 
  • Must have a minimum of $2 million liability insurance 
  • Must have Workers’ Compensation Board coverage registration

The WREMP documents also notes that this "does not create a binding agreement between WREMP and interested parties and will not be enforceable." WREMP is currently trying to make a list of what may be available in the event of an emergency, so they can better plan potential solutions in any emergency.

To find out how you can register, or for more information, contact Sara Coutts at sara.coutts@strathmore.ca. The arrangement will be completed on December 31, 2024.

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