disaster-fullTIVERTON - Bruce Power and a coalition of agencies and municipalities with an interest in public safety have launched a new website to provide residents of Grey, Bruce and Huron counties with the information they need to prepare for emergencies.

The website, www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com, is an educational resource for the different types of emergencies all residents should be prepared for, and provides tips on what to do in the event of a fire, flood, tornado, winter storm or nuclear emergency.

This is the latest in a series of emergency preparedness improvement initiatives Bruce Power has been involved in, including a projectto enhance its off-site radiological monitoring network through the installation of 44 gamma detectors located within the 10 km area surrounding the site. Bruce Power has also been working closely with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and the Municipality of Kincardine to further develop a plan to enhance public alerting in the region. In 2014, Bruce Power teamed with TELUS to support a successful, first-in-Canada cellular alerting test, which automatically sent a SMS text message to subscribers in the Kincardine area.

Along with this effort, Bruce Power is planning to implement and expand the 'Alert FM' system in the region. Alert FM uses the subcarrier system of local participating FM radio stations to send emergency messages to receivers. The receivers sound with an auditory warning and a message is broadcast on the screen to provide detailed response instructions.

As previously communicated, Bruce Power is also working with the Municipality of Kincardine, the Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management with further enhancements to off-site response plans through the pre-distribution of Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets to all residents, businesses and institutions living within the 50 km radius of the Bruce Power site by the end of 2015. Further information will be provided in the coming weeks.

To learn more, visit www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com.