Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), every municipality in Ontario is required to have an Emergency Management Program. The mandate of Halton Region's Emergency Management Program is to enhance the safety of our residents and reduce property damage and economic loss in the event of an emergency. Our program is made to ensure that Halton is a disaster resilient community that is ready to deal with any potential, imminent or actual emergency situation.
Halton's Emergency Management program takes a detailed approach to identifying hazards that are most likely to impact our community. This risk-based approach ensures that the right people and resources are effectively directed towards responding to events that could jeopardize the health, welfare and economic stability of the people who live and work in Halton.
Halton's emergency management efforts are supported by our numerous partners.
What is an emergency?
A situation or impending situation caused by the forces of nature, disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or not, that constitutes a danger of major proportion to life and property.
Who can declare an emergency?
The Head of Council of a Municipality may declare that an emergency exists in the Municipality or in any part thereof and may take such action and may make such orders as he/she considers necessary and are not contrary to law to implement the emergency plan of the Municipality and to protect the property, health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the emergency area.
What is the Emergency Response Plan?
The Halton Community Emergency Response Plan (HCERP) (PDF file) provides key officials, agencies, and departments within the Halton Region with an overview of their responsibilities during a potential, imminent, or actual emergency. The HCERP helps facilitate a timely and effective response to and recovery from those hazards to which Halton is particularly vulnerable. This plan also sets out the means by which Halton may provide emergency support services to other municipalities.
What are the components of the program?
- Prevention - taking action to prevent emergencies from happening
- Mitigation - actions taken to reduce the adverse impact of an emergency or disaster
- Preparedness - developing emergency response plans, conducting training and exercises and educating the public
- Response - managing emergency situations and providing timely, relevant and accurate emergency information to the public
- Recovery - developing and implementing measures that expedite a return to normal activities and the recovery of losses
Halton's emergency management efforts supports and sustains our emergency response partners. In Halton, partners assume a coordinated approach to the planning and management of emergencies. Halton Region, the Halton Regional Police Service, the City of Burlington, and the Towns of Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville work together to address emergency management issues with the objective of maximizing resources and efficiencies towards establishing a disaster resilient community.
Halton Region's Emergency Management Program also includes working in partnership with numerous public, private and volunteer sector agencies. Through joint planning activities, Halton builds relationships with local industry, volunteer groups, and emergency service organizations that enhance our emergency response and recovery capabilities. The contribution of our emergency response partners helps make Halton Region a disaster resilient community.
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