Emergency Response

Public safety begins at home. Everyone should be equipped to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days in the event of an emergency or disaster. It could take that long to clear roads due to a severe storm.

Communities Respond First

Most emergencies are resolved at the community level as emergency response organizations (including police, fire, emergency health services, and public works) routinely deal with them. If a major emergency occurs, the Community Emergency Control Group will meet in the Community Emergency Operations to implement the emergency response plan.

Emergency Declarations

The Mayor may declare an emergency if required (the Acting Mayor may assume all his/her powers and duties for the emergency in the Mayor's absence). The Mayor, Council, or Premier may declare an emergency is terminated. Assistance agreements with neighbouring communities and other agencies ensure that backup for police, fire and other support is readily available in an emergency. If additional supplies, equipment or other resources are required, they may be requested from the Province through Emergency Management Ontario.

Province Steps In

When an incident is reported to via Emergency Management Ontario, it is monitored and the duty team remains in direct communication with the affected community. If a higher level of response is required, appropriate provincial ministries and federal departments will be notified. In very serious emergencies, the Premier or a Minister may assume overall control of the situation, including the declaration of a provincial emergency.

Federal Government Assistance

The federal government intervenes only when requested or when the emergency clearly impacts areas of federal jurisdiction, such as a war emergency.

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