Leamington Working with Chatham-Kent to Provide Emergency Information to Residents

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Administrative teams from both the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Municipality of Leamington met yesterday to explore the ways in which they could team up for the benefit of residents in both Wheatley and Leamington.  Municipal officials from both communities will work together to contact various Leamington residents who live within a one kilometre radius of the site of the August 26 explosion in Wheatley. Leamington Fire Services staff will be going door-to-door over the course of the next few days to assist residents with making an emergency plan and to update contact information in the Municipality’s mass notification system, Leamington Alerts, in the event further evacuations are necessary.

Provincial officials continue to work to find and manage the source of the gas that caused the explosion, so further evacuations have not been ruled out.

"Community safety remains our top priority,” said Andrew Baird, Fire Chief. “We are asking Leamington residents who live within a one kilometre radius of the Wheatley explosion site to prepare an emergency kit for their family in the event further evacuations are necessary. We also ask that if you have not already done so, to register to our Leamington Alerts system so we can provide you with critical information quickly.” 

An emergency kit includes essential items you and your family need to survive outside of your home, should you be asked to vacate your home. The emergency kit should include items such as food, water, important personal documents, and medications needed, as well as a plan for your pets.

Residents who are not at home will have contact information left at their residence.

The Leamington Alerts system enables the Municipality to provide residents with critical information quickly in a variety of emergency situations. All Leamington residents are encouraged to register to receive alerts from the Municipality by signing up online at leamington.ca/alerts or by calling 519-326-6291.

Chatham-Kent Fire Chief Chris Case said, “I am very pleased that our colleagues in Leamington are working with the CK team to conduct this important outreach to our neighbours and communities.  It is this kind of collaboration that helps us keep each other safe.”

Information regarding the Wheatley State of Emergency can be found at: https://www.chatham-kent.ca/localgovernment/mayor/Pages/Wheatley---State-of-Emergency.aspx