The president of the Saskatchewan Emergency Planners Association hopes rural communities focus more on preparing for emergencies, in light of the fires last week that forced evacuations in Burstall, Leader and the RM of Deerforks
Harold Trew says there has been a 40 per cent registration increase over the past two weeks to their annual conference in Saskatoon, which starts Monday
The fast-moving wildfire last Tuesday forced communities to quickly evacuate 13-hundred people, and Trew says community leaders did well in the situation.
But Trew feels many small rural and urban communities in Saskatchewan are not prepared for the worst, like flooding or wildfires.
This year’s conference theme is In It Together, focusing on building relationships ahead of an emergency, from first responders and community leaders to businesses.
The conference starts Monday at the Saskatoon Travelodge with a day of training before speakers, including retired fire chief of the Wood Buffalo Darby Allen, who played a major role during the Fort McMurray fires.