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January 3, 2005
City of Toronto activates Emergency Management Office to coordinate tsunami relief efforts
The City of Toronto has activated its Emergency Management Office to coordinate
the City's ongoing contribution to relief efforts for victims of last week's
tsunami disaster. One of the first activities of the EMO will be to compile a
list of City staff volunteers who want to bring their skills and expertise to
affected areas.

"A city's true strength is its ability to provide services like clean water,
safe streets and roads, emergency services, and public health. These are the
most important things we can offer in response to this crisis," said Toronto
Mayor David Miller.

The City of Toronto has already provided water treatment supplies that will
give clean drinking water to up to 100,000 tsunami victims. Mayor Miller, many
City Councillors, and staff from Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Emergency
Medical Services and the Toronto Police Service have been working with relief
agencies and Toronto community groups to raise funds and awareness. The
Emergency Measures Office will now coordinate all City relief efforts, and
work with the federal and provincial governments to harmonize Toronto's
activities with the needs of affected countries.

"Only by coordinating our response with community groups, other orders of
government and the international relief effort can we ensure our personnel,
equipment and expertise arrive where they're most needed," said Mayor Miller.

"The sad fact is, it will take years to recover from this disaster. Toronto's
response must deal both with the immediate crisis, and with long-term
rebuilding efforts."

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