At the government level, all municipalities and provincial ministries are required to have an emergency management program. The requirements for these programs are set out in the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Emergency Management Ontario supports municipalities and ministries in implementing their programs by providing them with advice, assistance, guidelines, training, and other tools.
Effective Emergency Management Programs are based on the four pillars of emergency management:
Mitigation and prevention involves activities which reduce or eliminate the effects of an emergency. Mitigation assumes that society is exposed to risk whether or not an emergency occurs.
Preparedness involves actions taken prior to an emergency to ensure an effective response including, but not limited to, public education, emergency information, training and exercises, preparing plans and operation centers, and establishing communications systems.
Response involves actions taken to respond to an emergency. Such actions in the context of an influenza pandemic would include the distribution of vaccine (once available), mobilizing human, financial, and supply resources, and emergency declarations.
Recovery involves actions taken to recover from the emergency. These activities include such elements as returning the community and response agencies to a pre-emergency phase and rebuilding/restocking of supplies initiatives.
Visit these site to learn more about Emergency Management Legislation:
- Emergency Management Doctrine for Ontario
- Learn more about the EMCPA
- Emergency Management Civil Protection Act
- Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 380/04
- Ministry Order in Council Responsibilities
United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Emergency Response Plan
Emergencies can strike quickly and without warning. Planning ahead is a community’s best defense. Every municipality including the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry is required to have its own emergency response plan in place. The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and our six municipalities keep the health, safety and well-being of all residents at the top of their mind.
Click on the following links to view the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry's Emergency Response Plan as well as emergency management information from your local municipality.
Our Local Emergency Services Include:
- Police Services
- Fire Department
When should you call 9-1-1?
Call 9-1-1- when you require the immediate response of Police, Fire and/or Emergency Medical Services (ambulance) to:
- Report a fire or other dangerous situation
- Save a life
- Stop a crime in progress
When calling 9-1-1 for assistance, specify:
- What happened
- Where help is needed
- What help is needed (Police, Emergency Medical Services, Fire)
- Who you are
Ensure that emergency responders can find your address
- Post your house number at the front of your home where it is clearly visible from the street
- Install a light fixture above the house number
- Use large, plain numbers - not script or other hart-to read lettering.
- Use colours that contrast, such as black on white
Do not call 9-1-1 during an emergency to:
- Locate relatives during an emergency
- Find out the location or availability of shelters and other services
- Find the non-emergency numbers for Fire, Police, Emergency Medical Services
Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face—whether natural or human induced. Residents are encouraged to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need.
Check out the following resources to help you and your family prepare for unexpected emergencies.
Three Steps to Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Survival Checklist
Pocket Guide to Emergencies
Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs
Ontario Seniors – How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Emergency Preparedness for Pets
Video: Making an Emergency Kit
Video: Making an Emergency Plan
Emergency Preparedness for Kids
Your children will look to you for guidance in the event of an emergency. Involve your kids in family emergency preparedness planning. Teach them about emergencies that are common to your community and natural hazards like earthquakes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, ice storms, and blizzards --and what to do when they occur.
Weather Watches, Warnings, Advisories and Recalls
- Environment Canada's Weather Warning Page
- Ministry of Transportation Ontario Roads Information
- Ontario Low Water Response Program
- Ontario Flood Warnings and Forecasting
- Health Canada Advisories, Warnings and Recalls
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency Recalls
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency Food Warnings
- How to prepare for a power outage from Hydro One (Video)
- Canadian Red Cross' "Together We Prepare"
- Planning for and Responding to Disasters in Canada - An Approach for Farmers and Farm Organizations (downloadable pdf)
- A Guide to Business Continuity Planning
- National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure
- Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council
Emergency Management Organizations/Agencies