Government Decides Communities Are Prepared Enough For Emergencies

There are communities in Canada that face annual flooding and wildfires. Areas of the country have experienced ice storms leaving hundreds of thousands without heat. The climates across large areas of this country means that many communities have to be prepared for many challenges. Add to issues with weather the threats some areas of the country could face from rare occurrences like tsunamis, earthquakes, toxic spills or attacks and each community should have an emergency preparedness plan.

The federal government created a program called the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program, or JEPP, in 1980. This program provided funding to the provinces for annual emergency preparedness exercises. Through the program, the federal government would pay up to 75 percent of the cost of these exercises. It was enhanced after the attacks in 2001 to ensure preparedness for chemical or biological attacks or nuclear emergencies.

This year, the federal government decided to cancel the program, stating that the ‘original objectives’ of the program had been met. Essentially, the Conservatives have decided that communities across the country are as prepared as they need to be for any given situation.

They are now hearing complaints from provinces, municipalities and fire departments across the country.

The emergency coordinator for the Sunshine Coasts Regional District told his local paper that the decision makes his community more vulnerable.

This cut adds to the shortfall that many emergency services are already experiencing. In cutting their budget, the federal government downloads costs onto the provinces, who in turn download costs onto municipalities, who are forced to make tough decisions. And fire, police and ambulance services are the municipalities’ responsibility.

The program cost the federal government $5 million per year, which they will now put into their deficit reduction plan. What the actual cost will be if communities are prepared when emergencies arise remains to be seen.

The JEPP will officially end in April 2013.

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13 comments

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan4 years ago

Right on Jane, Our so called great goverment leaders are all for themselves, example during 911
our leaders was stowed away in hiding. I will no get get checked out for my goverment commits but so be it. Our Goverment Leaders Suck!
Freedom Of Speach!
Peace

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

I know, they have no contingency plans anywhere. I live in an area surrounded on three sides by water. If something blows here there is only one way out of town. The harbor department was asked if they had an evacuation plan and they said no. It's every man for himself. Our leaders and people in these government positions just collect their big salaries and lay around and do nothing. They have meetings and do a lot of blabbing but they never DO anything. I think everybody is pretty much screwed by our government.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

I know, they have no contingency plans anywhere. I live in an area surrounded on three sides by water. If something blows here there is only one way out of town. The harbor department was asked if they had an evacuation plan and they said no. It's every man for himself. Our leaders and people in these government positions just collect their big salaries and lay around and do nothing. They have meetings and do a lot of blabbing but they never DO anything. I think everybody is pretty much screwed by our government.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

I know, they have no contingency plans anywhere. I live in an area surrounded on three sides by water. If something blows here there is only one way out of town. The harbor department was asked if they had an evacuation plan and they said no. It's every man for himself. Our leaders and people in these government positions just collect their big salaries and lay around and do nothing. They have meetings and do a lot of blabbing but they never DO anything. I think everybody is pretty much screwed by our government.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

I know, they have no contingency plans anywhere. I live in an area surrounded on three sides by water. If something blows here there is only one way out of town. The harbor department was asked if they had an evacuation plan and they said no. It's every man for himself. Our leaders and people in these government positions just collect their big salaries and lay around and do nothing. They have meetings and do a lot of blabbing but they never DO anything. I think everybody is pretty much screwed by our government.

Claire Jordan
Claire Jordan4 years ago

What really concerns meis that the US seems to have no contingency plans for what to do when the Yellowstone Caldera blows. It might not happen for three thousand years - but it could happen in three weeks. There needs to be plans for the evacuation of an area hundreds of miles across and a stockpile of tents, sleeping bags, dried or tinned food and little primus stoves but instead there seems to be nothing.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons4 years ago

going to starve and die? ok you are prepared enough.

Jen Matheson
Past Member 4 years ago

The world as we know it is about to end and we end the program to help us get out of bad situations? Heck of a job, Stevie! IMPEACH!

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

it is becoming an every one for them selves world. the ritch get all the want from the government and you thru your taxes and you get nothing unless it benifits the ritch. nuff said

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz4 years ago

Archaeologists found these words inscribed on the wall of a home in Pompeii that somehow had survived since 79AD.