Sponsors: District of Stewart
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS during a catastrophic event such as a tsunami, earthquake, or police emergency, communication with emergency response organizations are critically important to public safety;
AND WHEREAS disruptions in land line telephone and internet services will cut many remote rural and coastal communities off from Emergency Response Management Systems:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to ensure the necessary cell phone infrastructure is in place in order to provide timely emergency response.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on the provincial government to ensure the availability and function of cellular telephone infrastructure to support emergency response communications.
However, UBCM members have consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the provincial and federal governments to ensure the availability of cellular telephone coverage to all communities (2012-B45, 2011-B72, 2010-B50, 2009-B57, 2008-B54, 2006-B54, 2005-B5, 2004-B9, 2003-B35, 2002-B23).