Town of Okotoks Emergency Preparedness Planning

March 11, 2020

The Town of Okotoks Emergency Management Team is prepared for a potential COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in our community. The team consists of trained professionals in emergency response.

The team has been working proactively to focus on protecting and delivering the Town’s essential services first and foremost. Examples of essential services would include police, fire and providing a safe supply of drinking water.  Additional personal protective equipment and sanitation practices are being deployed.  We have been working closely with our neighbouring communities where we have mutual aid agreements already in place.

Business continuity plans are also in place for non-essential services and include the use of contracts (e.g. snow clearing) and containment measures such as working remotely.

COVID-19 is a public health issue and we will follow the recommendations of the provincial authorities which may include temporary adjustments in services or community events.

“The Town is well prepared,” said Mayor Bill Robertson, “we encourage residents to use Alberta Health Services as the trusted authority for information and guidance regarding COVID-19.”

“We practice emergency management preparedness year round. Proactive steps have been taken to ensure the workplace is safe for Town employees who deliver these public services. The Town has been working closely with Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and other municipalities to coordinate the response to COVID-19,” said Kelly Stienwand, protective services director for the Town of Okotoks.

Please visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ for additional information and regular updates on COVID-19 in Alberta.