About the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership
The purpose of the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP) is to coordinate emergency activities during large scale emergencies and disasters. To help ensure we are prepared, GPREP creates plans and conducts training with staff and stakeholders on a regular basis.
In 2008, six local municipalities began working together to be better prepared for large scale emergencies and disasters. They entered in a formal agreement to work together and form GPREP in 2013. The municipalities in the partnership are:
GPREP works with municipal departments as well as other stakeholders such as RCMP, utility companies, Grande Prairie Regional College, etc. There is one regional emergency management plan for the partnership and two Emergency Coordination Centres. When possible, GPREP provides support to a disaster or large scale emergency occurring in other locaitons. Examples of events where GPREP has provided support include:
Fort McMurray Fires (2016) - GPREP members were deployed to the Emergency Operations Centre in For McMurray, the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre and to support Provincial Emergency Social Services. GPREP also provided support for Fort McMurray evacuees located in the Grande Prairie area.
Flooding in Southern Alberta (2013) - GPREP members were deployed to the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre and to southern Alberta to assist with planning and delivery of emergency social services for evacuees.
Slave Lake Fires (2011) - GPREP members were deployed to assist with fire fighting. GPREP provided support to Slave Lake and area evacuees located in the Grande Priarie area. GPREP is established under the authority of the Alberta Emergency Management Act. The Act directs each municipality to establish an emergency management agency to ......"act as the agent of the local authority in exercising the local authority's powers and duties under this Act."