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Thunder Bay Ready to Accept Additional Evacuees if Needed


May 7, 2013 – The City of Thunder Bay today indicated to Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) that it is prepared to accept up to 300 more Stage 1 evacuees from northern communities in a state of emergency, if needed. At this time, the City has not been formally asked to accept additional evacuees, but has simply responded to a request to indicate capacity to do so.

Stage 1 Evacuees include the elderly, those with medical conditions, young children, expectant mothers and their families.

The City’s Emergency Operations Control Group (EOC), which was activated on Saturday, May 4, to assist with hosting evacuees, is working closely with EMO regarding flooding in the James Bay area.
“Thunder Bay, like many communities across Ontario, is stepping up to the plate to assist our neighbours in need,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs.  “Thunder Bay knows first-hand how devastating a flood can be, and will provide humanitarian aid. Given that we are a medical hub and have the appropriate facilities, it makes sense for us to host the Stage 1 evacuees.”

Mayor Hobbs declared a State of Emergency for Thunder Bay on Saturday, in order to become a host community under an agreement with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The number of of evacuees Thunder Bay has currently welcomed is now up to 166 members of Kashechewan First Nation’s vulnerable population following the reunification of family members that were sent to Cornwall, Ontario earlier this week. 154 residents were flown in on Sunday, May 5.

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Contact: Valerie Marasco, Public Information Officer, 625-2438, cell: 621-4151,
                 vmarasco@thunderbay.ca