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Town of Kapuskasing releases Evacuation Report

Close to 1,800 first nation residents called Kapuskasing home this year. That number was part of a report released to Town Council on Monday night outlining the evacuation program. One of the highlights was that the program generated $7 million to the local economy. Kapuskasing Mayor Dave Plourde says even though that number is great , it still shows a need for communities like ours to help.

“What we have to remember in doing it is that there are a lot of needy families every year requiring to be evacuated,” he said. “It’s truly unfortunate with the day and age that we exist in today.”

Mayor Dave Plourde commended the staff for a job well done for making the program successful.

“There have been years that have been lean while others have been plentiful,” he said. “We are prepared for whatever comes our way and our staff should be commended for the work they do with it.”

The report detailed highlights of what went well, but also what needed to be improved. Some of the key highlights include identifying first nation officials ahead of the evacuation as well as excellent coordination of services.  Improvements include management and access to healthcare records, and a checklist for evacuees when they arrive in Kapuskasing.

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