Winnipeg officials to hear lessons learned from Humboldt tragedy

The horrific Humboldt Broncos bus crash is a focus of an emergency preparedness conference in Winnipeg. Officials from the Saskatchewan city were in town to share the lessons learned in dealing with tragedy.Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured in the crash last April, devastating the town of about 6,000 people as well as the entire country.READ MORE: Humboldt Broncos visit bus crash memorial site
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Humboldt city manager Joe Day told 680 CJOB one of the important parts of dealing with the crisis was getting information out properly.“If the media doesn’t get those stories from folks like the mayor and [former Broncos president] Kevin [Garinger], … from the fire chief and myself, you know, people start to create their own stories, especially on social media.”Day said the community response and recovery session at the conference was aimed at giving insight to other communities.READ MORE: Parents of Humboldt Broncos players involved in bus crash urge people not to buy new book about the teamHe said even though the crash happened out of town, Humboldt became the epicentre of the tragedy and figuring out how to respond was a big challenge. While they were well-versed in how to deal with train derailments and such, he said, this was completely different.“This was all about finding a location for people to come and begin the grieving process,” Day said.Day said after all the loss, grieving and attention stemming from the tragic event, there were three main takeaways:The importance of established contacts — personal and professional — that disaster management officials can call upon in a time of needBeing prepared for the media — knowing how to interact and convey information so as not to become overwhelmedMental health training — remembering to take into account the impact of emotion on all involvedWATCH: Humboldt Broncos visit bus crash memorial site