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Town of Slave Lake Wildfire Recovery

The Town of Slave Lake has shared their reflections and wisdom from the recovery of the wildfires that hit in 2011.

The damage to the town was severe as many homes and businesses were lost and destroyed, “In the town 333 single family homes and 169 apartment units were destroyed as were three churches, ten businesses and a local radio station. The government centre, including provincial offices, the Town hall and the library, was lost as well. In the Municipal District, 56 homes and a fire hall were destroyed.”

The Town shares the importance of internal and external communication in the preparation and recovery from disasters such as these. They provide practices and procedures to rebuild town operations and neighborhoods, how to staff for recovery, the importance of interim housing, and what is involved in the cleanup process. Most importantly, they share how other communities can be prepared when unexpected disasters occur.

Click to learn more about the Town of Slave Lake recovery: Slave Lake Wisdom Gained

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