Comfort Centre Information Session
Oct. 29, 7pm

Is your community prepared to respond to another Hurricane Juan, or another White Juan.  Or perhaps a fire like the one at Porter's Lake? 

Joint Emergency Management (JEM) is a concept developed by Halifax Regional Municipality's Emergency Management Office (EMO) to allow communities to prepare for and respond quickly to a wide range of emergencies,  In times of crises, EMO will activate JEM Support Centres (JSC) to coordinate humanitarian response.

This unique HRM concept is based on the principle of "neighbour helping neighbour".  In the critical hours following a crisis situation, while local and provincial response agencies are dealing with the immediate and urgent needs of the municipality, residents in affected communities need to be prepared to help themselves and to assist their neighbours, who may have been seriously impacted by the event.  It is during this period that the JEM will be activated and will mobilize local resources in coordination with HEM EMO staff.

In the event that an emergency occurs in your area, The Prospect Road Community Centre can be designated to become a Comfort Centre, a Reception Centre, or even a provincially organized Evacuation Centre.

To prepare for such an event, JEM is looking for local citizens and groups interested in serving their community as comfort centre managers and support staff.  Training will be provided.  Those that wish to become volunteers will have the option of continuing training such as First Aid and Food Handling.

JEM is holding an information session on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at The Prospect Road Community Centre.    Be part of the solution when emergencies strike.  For more information, please contact Karen Saulnier, Comfort Centre Coordinator at 477-8021 (evenings), or visit

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