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REPORTING · 3rd December 2013
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat’s plan for an emergency shelter has changed over the past week. The ATCO Trailer is not coming in and a new location has been found. The 8 person ATCO Wash unit was determined to not be able to withstand the snow load.

“The ones which are out of the camp, were special. When they made them they made a special grouping of them and manufacturing of them and they have a heavy snow load jurisdiction on them. The one that we were going to get didn’t have that and we weren’t aware of that until it was going to come up,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan.

She told us Tim Glieg, Head of the District of Kitimat’s Engineering Department told them if they wanted to use it, they would have to build a special structure which would take a lot of time and it needed to be in place right away.

“We had to say, goodbye ATCO. The next thing we did, we looked around and the only place that was even halfway suitable was the old Council Chambers in the Fire Hall. That’s what we’re looking at now. We did get the cots, the mattresses and the blankets were given to us by the ministry so we have those already, we have enough room in the room that the AA meets in. If we have men and women, the women can go there,” said Monaghan.

She expressed that people who bring their pets will be welcome, however, the pets will have to receive a flee bath and collar so they could stay with their owners. However, if anyone is allergic to pets, Monaghan told us there are several cells in the basement which would be suitable for people with allergies to use.

The only thing which is left to do is determine who will be making the calls on what qualifies as cold Weather. Monaghan told us it is most likely to be the Fire Department, the RCMP will be looking out for people in the cold on their routes and find them a place to go.

“We are looking for Volunteers to help, they will need training for people who do come because that’s essential,” said Monaghan. She concluded by saying they are working through insurance issues so it can be ready.