Village of Shields Emergency Response Information - Oct. 2014

Shields Resident Information Introduction

This information is provided to the Residents of Shields as an awareness of the Emergency Response measures that are in place for the Village of Shields.

The purpose of an Emergency Response Plan is to prevent or limit:

  • The loss of life;
  • Harm or damage to the safety, health or welfare of people; or
  • Damage to property or the environment

Shield's emergency plan does not apply to those day-to-day situations, which are dealt with by the Fire, Police or Emergency Medical Services. An emergency by its very nature, requires an immediate response from various people acting on behalf of the Village in order to support our residents and visitors. An emergency response plan is developed to 'respond to a situation' that has occurred; it is not developed to prevent an emergency situation.

Possible Emergency Situations

The Village of Shields Emergency Management Organization (EMO) has determined that the following are considered the top potential risks to our Village based on our location and surrounding environment:

  • #1 – House Fire (Multiple or Risk of)
  • # 2 – Grass Fire
  • # 3 – Tornados or Plough Winds
  • #4 – Winter Storm, Utility Outage
  • #5 - Ruptured Natural Gas Lines or Chemical Spills (Farm spills)

EMO Response

In all of these cases First Responders will be called and where there is a threat to the Village, they will provide direction to Shields Emergency Management Team as to action(s) required. The Block Captains (resident volunteers) as part of the Emergency Management Team will notify the residents in their area as to the action that must be taken to ensure safety. A Fan Out Communication Process for the Block Captains has been developed to ensure a quick response.

Village Resources

In order to support a successful response, the Block Captains have gathered contact information for each of the homes/cottages in their area so if an emergency arises, they are able to notify the residents of the situation and provide action that is to be taken. It is very important that resident information is kept current to ensure safety of our residents. EMO has also gathered a listing of residents with special emergency training as well as equipment available through our residents that may be useful in an emergency situation.

Emergency Contact List


911 will disperse the appropriate responses based on the emergency, which may include Fire, RCMP and Ambulance Services.

Shields Emergency Management Team

In an emergency situation that impacts residents of Shields, after 911 has been called, please contact one of the Emergency Management Team in the following order to ensure the appropriate emergency response is activated.

    • VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR Jessie Williams - 306-492-2259
    • MAYOR Eldon MacKay - 306-492-4639 (H) or 306-221-4882 (c)
    • EMO COORDINATOR Debbie Heidt - 306-492-2218 (H) or 306-371-0900 (c)


Village Maintenance

  • Ken Klassen 306-380-0266 (c)

Block Captains

The following volunteers will act as Block Captions for each area identified. In the case of a Village emergency they will be responsible to notify residents in their assigned Block of the emergency and the steps that are to be taken to ensure safety. The notification could range from staying in their homes to evacuating to safe area or possibly a village evacuation.

Block Captain Coordinator – Karen Powell 306-492-4866 (h) 306-229-1295 (c)

    • Block 1 - Proctor Drive #1-45, Lakefront Side

    • Block 2 - Proctor Drive #18-42, Top Row
      • Garry Hovland 29 Procter Drive, 306-492-2600 (h) 306-280-7652 (c)
      • Judy Rathie  33 Procter Drive,  306-492-4955 (h) 306-492-4870 (c)
      • Lynn McArthur 23 Procter Drive 306-492-2171 (h) 306-227-2933 (c)

    • Block 3 - McCordick #3-21, Waters Avenue 1 – 7, Hordern #4-20
      • Carrie Hart, 3 McCordick Street, 306-717-4356 (c)
      • Vacant

    • Block 4 - Proctor Drive #44-62 (Top Row), Hordern St. #1-21
      • Karen Powell, 2 Hordern, 306-492-4866 (h) 306-229-1295 (c)
      • Vacant

    • Block 5 - Proctor Drive #47-67, Lakefront Side
      • Joe and Sharon Hader, 51 Proctor, 306-492-4965 (h)
      • Vacant

    • Block 6 - Proctor Drive #69-91
      • Gerry & Joan Paprosk, 77 Procter Drive, 306-492-2199 (h) 306-229-2199 (c)
      • Ron & Norma Evans, 75 Procter Drive, 306-492-4943 (h)

    • Block 7 - McCrimmon Crescent #1-19
      • Cheryl Robson, 52 McCrimmon Crescent, 306-230-1452 (c)
      • Rose Hill, 51 McCrimmon Crescent, 306-492-2145 (cabin), 306-373-0582 (Saskatoon)

    • Block 8 - McMillan Crescent #1-33
      • Renee Adam, 19 McMillan, 306-221-3738
      • Lindy Klassen, 7 McMillan, 306-341-6455

    • Block 9 - McCrimmon Crescent #18-52
      • Lorelei Duk, 27 McMillan, 306-500-2142 (h)
      • John & Catherine Penner, 34 McCrimmon Crescent, 306-492-2077 (h)

    • Block 10 - McCrimmon Crescent #21-55, Lakefront Side
      • Jan Summerfeld, 37 McCrimmon Crescent, 306-380-5805
      • Judy King, 35 McCrimmon Crescent, 306-492-2258 (cabin), 306-227-1164 (c)

    • Block 11 - Mawson Drive #1-37, Lakefront Side
      • Joan & Al Hiebert, 31 Mawson Drive, 306-492-4665 (h), 306-230-6523 (c)
      • Teresa Waldal,5 Mawson Drive, 306-492-4989

    • Block 12 - Mawson Drive #2-36, Top Row
      • Noel & Linda Tomlenovich, 18 Mawson Drive, 306-492-2393 (h) 306-220-9603 (c -Noel), 306-229-2057 (c-Linda)
      • Vacant

    • South Mawson
      • Ernie Strasser, 62 Mawson, 306-492-3665

    • Sunterra Area
      • Ray Logan & Josephine Bischof, 10 Willow View Court, 306-492-0004

Emergency Notification System

Upon receipt of a warning of a real or potential emergency, that person will immediately contact one of the individuals listed on the Shields Emergency Management Team Contact List. It is the responsibility of this team to ensure the appropriate notices are provided and the co-ordination of the actions are managed as per their role on the Team.

Notification to the residents of Shields will be handled by the Block Captains through their Fan Out Process.

    • Once 911 has been notified, first notification of a possible emergency situation is to go to the Emergency Operations in the following order - Village Office, Mayor or EMO Coordinator.
    • The Block Captain Coordinator or any one of the Block Captains will be notified with the direction and information to share with other Block Captains and then with residents.
    • Block Captains may request assistance from residents in their area to assist in the emergency situation and actions that are to be taken by the residents.

If required, EMO will assign a Volunteer to be located at the entry of the Village to provide quick direction to the First Responders as to the location of the emergency.

Shelter In Place

Dependent upon the situation residents may be instructed to "shelter-in-place" if chemical, biological or radiological contaminants are released into our environment. This means that you must remain inside your home and protect yourself there.

The following steps, as provided by the Government of Canada Emergency Response website, will help to maximize your protection:

    • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
    • Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside.
    • Close the fireplace damper.
    • Go to an interior room that's above ground level (if possible, one without windows). In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
    • Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
    • Continue to monitor your notification system until you are told all is safe or are advised to evacuate.

Evacuation Sites and Process

Evacuation Sites

    • The Village has two sites that will be used in the case of evacuation of an area in the Village. The Village Hall will be the primary location and the Village Maintenance building as the secondary. The two sites are in opposite locations in the village, which will assist depending upon where the location of the emergency is and direction for evacuation.

Evacuation Process

    • Block Captains will advise residents of any evacuation situation. They will provide the information needed by the residents to either evacuate the Village or to evacuate to one of the Village Sites. They may rely on other residents in their area to assist with the notification process.
    • It is assumed that Residents of the Village will have transportation available to them to evacuate the Village. However, if assistance is needed due to storm situation or personal transportation is not available, the resident is to advise the Block Captain and evacuation assistance will be arranged.
    • In order to provide a signal to the Emergency Teams that a home has been evacuated by the occupants, residents are asked to place a white towel or cloth on the door handle of the door (or in the door jam to secure it) to signal that the home has been cleared.

The Village of Shields Emergency Response requires that all residents of Shields know what to do in an emergency situation and wherever possible that they are able to assist to ensure the safety of our residents. We are a small community that relies on each other, we hope we will never have to use this plan – but if we do, we must all work together to be successful.

If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain or play a role in the Emergency Operations of Shields, please contact Debbie Heidt, EMO Coordinator or any of the Block Captains.


Resident Preparedness EMO72hrs

Emergency Kit

There are a number of websites that provide information for public safety and for developing your own emergency plan and emergency kit. Please refer to the publication by Canada Public Safety called 'Your emergency preparedness guide – 72 Hours'. Another good source is the government of Canada's website.

What to Do During a Tornado (provided by the Canadian Red Cross)

If you are indoors:

    • Go to the basement or take shelter in a small interior ground floor room such as a bathroom, closet or hallway.
    • If you have no basement, protect yourself by taking shelter under a heavy table or desk. • In all cases, stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.
    • If in a mobile home – get out and find shelter elsewhere.
    • Avoid places with wide-span roofs like cafeterias and shopping malls.
    • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
    • Shut off power, gas and water.

If you are outdoors:

    • If possible, get inside a building
    • Lie in a ditch or a low area – or crouch near a strong building and stay away from fallen power lines.

If you are in a vehicle:

    • If the tornado is close, leave the vehicle immediately and take cover in a low area. Never try to drive!
    • Find shelter away from the vehicle.