Are you prepared for an emergency?
- Most Canadians do not realize that they have a responsibility for taking care of their basic needs of protecting life and property during the first 72 hours of an emergency.
- Prepare now! Insure the well-being of you and your family by preparing a basic emergency survival kit. See the emergency preparedness kit document below to see how you can get more prepared for the unexpected. Visit the Red Cross for more information.
- Emergency Management Ontario has on-line information and resources available to assist you in being prepared or in advising you about current emergency situations. Emergency Management Ontario’s website.
- The Red Cross’ website also contains important information on emergency preparedness.
Is our Township prepared for an emergency?
- Each community along with private sector partners is required to develop and implement an emergency management program tailored to local needs in order to protect the lives and property of their citizens.
- Ontario’s Emergency Management Act requires each municipality’s emergency management program to conform to a set of regulations developed by Emergency Management Ontario. These statutory requirements create a liability regime with respect to how the township must mitigate (prevent), prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency situations within its jurisdiction.
- The township’s emergency management program is based on a hazard identification and risk assessment. This approach seeks to create a disaster-resilient community. Each year requires a review of the hazard identification and risk assessment as well as all other components of the township’s emergency management program.
- A Framework for Community Emergency Management Programs is the standard for community emergency management programs in Ontario. This standard is based on recommended international best practices. The Framework document divides the community program into three levels: Essential, Enhanced, and Comprehensive. Each of these levels is interconnected and creates a foundation for the one that follows
Components of the township’s emergency management program include but are not limited to:
- Designated community emergency management coordinator
- Community emergency management program committee
- Approved emergency response plan
- Emergency operations centres
- Identification of critical infrastructure
- Community emergency response capability
- Annual training of those involved
- Annual exercise to evaluate the emergency response plan
- Emergency information staff
- Emergency management public awareness and education program, and
- An annual review of the community emergency management program
Your township is committed to creating a disaster-resilient community through its community emergency management program.