Today, MP Bryan Hayes, on behalf of the Conservative Government and Stephen Harper, extended heartfelt sympathy to the approximately 110 individuals who have been impacted by the flooding in Wawa. “I would like to thank the first responders in this community for the great work that they have done in assisting their fellow Canadians in this trying time,” said MP Hayes, of Sault Ste. Marie. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been severely affected by the extensive damage caused by flooding in Wawa.”
Emergencies are managed first at the local level: hospitals, fire departments, police and municipalities. If they need assistance at the local level, they request it from the provinces or territories. If the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities, the provinces or territories seek assistance from the federal government. In order to facilitate a cross-jurisdictional response in this regard, the National Emergency Response System (NERS) was developed by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Response Working Group and approved by FPT Ministers in January 2011. The coordination and provisioning of resources can move quickly from the local to the national level. As per this protocol, the Government of Canada always stands ready to assist at the request of the province.
MP Hayes emphasised the strong ties of Northern Ontario communities and lent his support saying, “the close-knit nature of our Northern Ontario communities means that the shock waves of this emergency are felt by those of us in Sault Ste. Marie and Area. We strongly empathize with our Wawa neighbours and as a Federal representative of Northern Ontario in the House of Commons, I am confident that the Federal Government is ready to step in should the province make the request.”
Bryan Hayes Is Sympathetic to Wawa Flood Victims
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November 1st, 2012 at 10:01am