Emergency Planning Message & Fort McMurray Fire Appeal

Today, the Town of Lynn Lake is NOT under any wildfire threats.

However, with Winter behind us, it is once again time to consider “What if…?” in the event of a large wildfire in or near our 900 sq. km Municipality. As we have seen in Fort McMurray this week, a wildfire event can strike any community of any size, and preparation in advance of such an event is critical to ensure that both people and property remain as safe as possible.

The Town of Lynn Lake would encourage all residents to review this critically valuable evacuation information from The Province of Manitoba: http://www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/evacuation_guidelines.html

We would also ask that all residents review the Town of Lynn Lake Emergency Plan.

Proper preparation in advance is the best way to minimize the impacts of any disaster. Please, stay safe, and be Fire Smart as you enjoy the beautiful region that surrounds us.

Thank you,

Mayor James Lindsay

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Fort McMurray and its surrounding area is confronted with unimaginable risks, devastation and loss. An estimated 1,600 structures have been burned and more than 80,000 residents have been forced to flee their homes. The municipal sector is banding together to express support and offer help. In the spirit of true partnership, all orders of government are working to address the urgent needs of the community.

The Federal and Alberta governments are matching individual donations made to the Red Cross to send relief for those affected. Please consider making a donation to support Fort McMurray and its surrounding communities.

Raymond Louie, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

 

 

Lynn Lake Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) being Established

The Town of Lynn Lake held meetings in February and March to establish a Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) where citizens look out for each other’s families and property and alert the police to any suspicious activities or crime in progress in an effort to deter and reduce crime. Here is a description of what a COPP member does and the benefits of volunteering in this program: http://citizensonpatrol.mb.ca/WhatsInvolved.html

By starting a Citizens on Patrol Program, the groups will be provided, free of charge, equipment and materials to do their patrols and promote the program. This includes things such as safety vests, flashlights, notebooks, signs, magnetic signs for their patrol vehicle, toques, brochures, posters, t-shirts, and ball caps. Members use own vehicles to patrol, or they walk or ride bikes. Patrols must be done with 2 people or more for safety reasons.

Those interested in participating have been advised to complete a Criminal Record CheckVulnerable Sector Verification, and sign a Volunteer Letter of Agreement. These forms are available to be picked up at the Town Office, the RCMP Detachment, or from the hyperlinks above. For those participating in the program the fees for these checks are waived. Completed forms should be brought to the RCMP Detachment with two pieces of government ID that combined include your date of birth, a photo, and address. Once the checks are completed you will be contacted by the RCMP to pick up the results. The results of the check can also be sent to the Town Office if this is indicated under part 2 of the form, under the signature, where there is a box stating that the results can be sent to the Town Office if Matthew Aequitus is written in the field.

Note: If a potential COPP member’s Criminal Record Search or Vulnerable Sector Verification reveals a charge, warrant or conviction, or a pardon for a conviction, the decision on whether or not they may become a member of the program will be recommended by the local enforcement agency.  As the Group Coordinator and the Provincial Coordinator do not have access to the details of the report, a recommendation is required from the law enforcement agency. A previous conviction will not necessarily disqualify anyone from participating in the program if an offence is not deemed to be relevant to participation.

A trainer from the Citizens on Patrol Program will likely come up to Lynn Lake at the end of May or early June. These checks will need to be completed before you can participate in the training and should be completed at your earliest convenience. Anyone who has not indicated interest in participating at the previous meetings will need to contact Matthew Aequitus at the Town Office (204-356-4203 or edo@lynnlake.ca) to be added to the list of interested individuals, so that the fees for their criminal records check and vulnerable persons check can be waived.

With your participation we can make the community a safer and better place to live.

For any questions, please contact Lynn Lake’s Community Economic Development Officer Matthew Aequitus at 204-356-4203 or edo@lynnlake.ca.