Both the Town and County of Stettler have kicked their emergency management protocol in effect March. 16 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a press release last Monday, both municipalities announced the Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency activated the Emergency Operations Centre and had the first piece of advice for residents: “We are currently recommending the cancellation or postponement of all public recreational or group gatherings.”
Many groups, including municipalities, already began that process earlier in the day, as the Town of Castor announced all upcoming events at the community hall have been cancelled, both the Stettler Mall Market and 2nd Annual Early Years Fair were cancelled.
The Village of Delburne declared a state of local emergency and Kneehill County stated through social media, “Kneehill County residents may experience some service level disruptions and event cancellations as a result of the virus and the evolving situation. Essential services, such as road maintenance, water, and fire services, will not be disrupted.”
The Stettler announcement read, “The Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency activated the Emergency Operations Centre at 1700 hours today.
“We have set up a SREMA Hotline 403-742-7300 to answer citizen questions and concerns. This hotline will be active from 8 AM-6 PM daily, until further notice – for questions and concerns relating to Regional or Town & County operations and services.
“The Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency’s efforts will align with the directives of Alberta Health Services and the Province of Alberta. For accurate and current Covid-19 information please follow Alberta Health Services at albertahealthservices.ca or the Government of Alberta at Alberta.ca.
“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation closely in our region and execute all provincial and federal mandates as they are issued. Working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow our websites for updates and information: County of Stettler: www.stettlercounty.ca Town of Stettler: stettler.net.”
Stu Salkeld, LJI reporter