TRURO - Changes being made to the Regional Emergency Management bylaw will enable the mayors of Colchester County, Truro and Stewiacke to assist in each other's jurisdictions, if required during a crisis situation.
Colchester County approved first reading of the new bylaw at its last meeting.
Part of the bylaw states that each of the councils may, when satisfied that an emergency exists or may exist in all or any area of their respective jurisdictions, may declare a state of local emergency in respect of their own jurisdictions.
But if both the mayor and council in any of the three jurisdictions, are unable to act promptly in such a circumstance to declare a state of emergency in their own community (should they be out of the province, for example), any of the remaining mayors may declare a state of local emergency in the affected area.
Before doing so, however, a mayor acting in such a case must first consult - when practical - with a majority of the members of the Regional Emergency Management Advisory Committee to advise on the development of emergency management plans.