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Emergency Preparedness in Halton Region

How Halton responds to an emergency

Emergency Control Group

  • Considers the options and makes decisions regarding preparing for, responding to, and recovering from, an emergency
  • Provides support to the emergency site

Halton Regional Police Service

  • Provides emergency response services
  • Establishes an On-Scene Command Post
  • Designates the Inner and Outer Perimeters at the Emergency Site
  • Provides traffic control to facilitate the movement of emergency vehicles or for needed emergency road closures
  • Coordinates evacuations of neighbourhoods as required.

Municipal Fire Departments

  • Provides emergency response duties (fire fighting and rescue services).

Paramedic Services

  • Provides normal emergency response duties
  • Collaborates with Police, Fire, and other agencies active at the emergency site Ensures triage and treatment at the emergency site
  • Assist with the organization and transport of persons in health care facilities, homes for the aged, nursing homes and rest homes, which are to be evacuated, as required.

Social and Community Services

Public Works

  • Continue daily operations (maintain, construct, and repair Regional roads and maintain water and sanitary sewage systems) in an emergency response capacity
  • Provides equipment for emergency pumping operations
  • Provides emergency potable water, supplies, and sanitation facilities as requested by the Medical Officer of Health
  • Provides resources, vehicles, and equipment as required by any other emergency services
  • Provides direction and support on traffic management matters in co-ordination with emergency services
  • Deploys the Spills Team as required.


  • Provides information and advice on all matters that may adversely affect public health
  • Co-ordinates the Regional response to infectious disease related emergency or anticipated emergencies
  • Liaison with Community Care Access Centre for Halton to ensure co-ordination of care of residents requiring special medical care at home and in evacuation centres during an emergency
  • Works with Public Works if potable water supplies and sanitation facilities are needed.


  • Prompts dissemination of accurate information to the news media and the public.
  • Director of Policy Integration & Communications will act as the Regional Emergency Information Officer (Regional EIO) during an emergency.
  • The Regional EIO coordinates all communications activities, including the preparation of news releases, fact sheets and public service announcements.
  • The Regional EIO will also coordinate and facilitate all media conferences.
  • When appropriate, the REIO will liaise with the On-scene Media Coordinator regarding visits of news media personnel to the emergency site.
  • The Regional EIO will also liaison with other organizations impacted by the emergency, including, but not limited to Halton’s local municipalities (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville), the Halton Regional Police Service, local healthcare facilities, school boards and allied volunteer agencies.
Severe Weather

During a severe storm warning

  • Check the radio, television or this page for updates, information or instructions. You can also monitor Halton’s Twitter feed @RegionofHalton (external link).
  • Call 311 if you need information about an emergency, the availability of local services, or to report damage to trees or property.
  • If you require the immediate response of police, fire and/or an ambulance or are in a life threatening situation, call 911.

School closures

During a severe storm, schools may be closed and school buses may be cancelled. Check with your local school board and monitor your local radio station.

Road conditions

Try to avoid unnecessary travel during severe storms. If you must travel, be sure to allow extra time and let someone know your route and expected arrival time.

Snow removal

Check with your local municipality for snow removal updates.

Regional Services

During severe storms, some Regional services such as recycling and waste collection, and regional child care centres could be affected.

Power Outages

Tips for when there's a power outage

  • Do not call 9-1-1. If a power outage leaves you without heat for some time, prevent pipes from freezing and bursting by draining them and shutting off the main water supply. Before you drain your pipes, you may first want to collect water in clean containers for emergency drinking and cleaning purposes.
  • Open all faucets, including your water heater. If you have an electric hot water heater, drain the hot water heating system by turning it off and leaving the valves open.
  • Add plumbing antifreeze or recreational vehicle winterizing solution to the toilet and other pipes and traps with standing water. If you have a septic tank, antifreeze could damage it so pump the chemical from the plumbing fixtures and pipes before they are refilled with water.
  • Do not drink water to which you have added antifreeze. If your pipes do freeze, do not attempt to thaw them yourself. Contact a qualified professional.
  • If you have no running water and wish to continue to use your toilet, fill your bathtub from an alternate water source, eg. with snow or water from a creek. After using the toilet pour a bucket of water in the tank, then flush.
  • If your basement is flooding and you have no emergency generator to power a sump pump or other means to pump the basement, move all furniture and anything of value to a dry location and disconnect the power supply to prevent damage when the power comes back on.

Who to contact when there's a power outage

During severe storms, the Halton Regional Police Service frequently receives 911 calls reporting damage to trees or property. Unless the storm has caused immediate danger or risk to someone’s personal safety, call 311 rather than 911.

Stay at least 10 metres away from a fallen power line, even if it doesn't appear to be live and report it to your local utility. If you experience a power outage, contact your local utility.

  • Burlington Hydro Inc.
    • During business hours:
    • After hours emergency
  • Halton Hills
    • During business hours:
    • After hours emergency
  • Milton Hydro
    • 905-876-4611
  • Oakville Hydro
    • 905-825-9400

When disaster strikes

  • Remain calm. Co-ordinated emergency services are responding.
  • Check for updates.
    • Halton Region’s Enhanced Community Notification Service (eCNS) is an emergency telephone notification service. It will be used in the event of a major disaster or catastrophe to communicate updates about emergency conditions, and other vital information, in addition to what you’ll receive from other sources.
    • Check our websites for updates about emergency conditions, what to do, where to go or other information you should know.
    • You may also receive information from television, radio and other sources, including door-to-door notification.
  • Help family members and neighbours.
  • Don’t forget your pets!
Food safety

After a power outage

  • Foods that have been above 4°C (40°F) for more than 2 hours must be discarded.
  • Frozen foods that are 4°C or less, or still contain ice crystals can be refrozen.
  • If raw food has leaked during thawing it is necessary to properly clean and sanitize all the areas the food has touched.

During a power outage

  • Remember that meat, dairy and frozen foods can be hazardous if not stored properly.
  • Use up perishables and foods from the refrigerator first, then use foods from the freezer, then non-perishables.
  • Ensure you have a thermometer for every refrigerator and freezer in your home. You can purchase them at the local department or hardware store. Thermometers are necessary in order to monitor the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer on a regular basis and especially during the power outage.
  • Proper refrigeration temperature is 4°C (40°F) or less and proper freezer temperature is -18°C (0°F) or less.
  • Perishable foods that rise above 4°C for more than 2 hours need to be discarded.
  • The refrigerator will keep food cool for 4 - 6 hours, depending on the kitchen temperature; keep the door shut as much as possible.
  • A full freezer keeps food frozen for about 2 days; a half-full freezer for 1 day, covering with blankets will provide extra insulation.
  • Post a list of contents to minimize opening.
  • If your freezer is completely full, the food inside it should be safe for up to 48 hours. If it is half-full, the food inside should be safe for up to 24 hours.
  • For emergency cooking, use a barbeque, charcoal grill or camp stove, outdoors only; heat food indoors using candle warmers, chafing dishes and fondue pots.
  • NEVER taste a food to determine its safety! Foods contaminated with harmful microorganisms do not smell or taste bad. When in doubt, throw it out.

Tips for keeping food cold

  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible throughout the power outage to preserve proper cold holding temperatures.
  • Ice can be placed around foods in the refrigerator in order to maintain cold temperatures.
  • Be careful placing foods outside during the winter. Food can thaw under the sun’s rays or it can become contaminated by animals. Use a cooler or closed container and a thermometer to make sure the temperature remains under 4°C (40°F).

Safe water during a power outage

  • Well water source -If you use a water purification system to treat your well water (ie. UV light, chlorinator, filters etc.) the system may not be operational without power. This means your water could be unsafe to use.
  • Municipal water source -If unsure, contact Halton Region to find out if your municipal water supply is safe to use.
  • If your water is not considered safe, use bottled water or boil/treat any water used for:
    • drinking
    • cooking
    • washing dishes
    • brushing teeth
    • washing and preparing food
    • washing your hands
    • making ice
    • preparing baby formula
  • When boiling water, bring it to a vigorous boil for at least 1 minute.
  • Contact Halton Region for information on how to treat water for use.
Before, during and after a flood

Facts about flooding

  • Floods are one of the most common hazards in the Canada. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighbourhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple municipalities.
  • Not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days or weeks. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a matter of minutes and without any visible signs of rain.
    • A heavy rainfall can result in flooding, particularly when the ground is still frozen or already saturated from previous storms.
    • Flash flooding – in which warning time is extremely limited – can be caused by severe storms
    • All rivers experience flooding at one time or another. The potential for flood damage is high where there is development on low-lying, flood-prone lands.
  • They can occur at any time of the year and are most often caused by heavy rainfall, rapid melting of a thick snow pack, ice jams, or more rarely, an infrastructure failure.
  • Be aware. There are flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appears harmless in dry weather can flood. Regularly listen to radio or television or check the Web for the latest information related to flooding or potential flooding in your community.

Before a flood

Even if you feel your community has a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future. Flood risk isn't solely based on history; it's based on a number of factors including rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and changes due to new construction and development.

To prepare for a flood:

  • Build or purchase an Emergency Go Kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that is prone to flooding or deemed at high risk.
  • Install weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
  • Ensure downspouts drain a sufficient distance from your home to ensure that water flows away from the building.
  • Consider installing a sump pump and zero reverse flow valves in basement floor drains.
  • Do not store your important documents in the basement. Keep them at a higher level, protected from flood damage.

During a flood

If a flood is likely:

  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you must prepare to evacuate:

  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to floors above ground level.
  • Remove toxic substances such as pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution.
  • Keep your radio on to find out what areas are affected, what roads are safe, where to go and what to do if the local emergency officials ask you to leave your home.

If you have to leave your home:

  • Leave your home when you are advised to do so by local emergency officials
  • Take your emergency Go Kit with you.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Turn around, don't drown! If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Make arrangements for your pets.

After a flood

If home has been flooded:

  • Use local alerts and warning systems to get information and expert informed advice as soon as available.
  • Stay away from damaged areas unless your assistance has been specifically requested by emergency services.
  • Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
  • Play it safe. Additional flooding or flash floods can occur.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Roads may still be closed because they have been damaged or are covered by water. Barricades have been placed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, go another way.
  • If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded stay on firm ground. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.

Before you enter your basement:

  • Electrical Shock – When your basement is wet, there is a risk of electrical shock.
    • If you are positive that you can safely do so, turn off your home’s power at the main breaker switches.
    • Before restoring power to the home or using electrical appliances that may have been affected by the flood, consider having them inspected by a qualified electrician.
    • Consider having wood, gas and electrical heating systems inspected by a qualified technician before use.
  • Gas leaks –If you smell gas, leave the house right away and then contact your gas company and the fire department. Check to make sure carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
  • Pollutants – Flood water may be contaminated with sewage. Protect yourself by wearing protective equipment such as gloves, safety eyewear, a face mask and rubber boots, and be sure to frequently wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Chemicals – While cleaning and disinfecting the flooded area continue to wear protective equipment and ventilate the area well.
  • Structural damage – Flood waters can weaken walls or even ceiling structures. If you are concerned or suspect that the structural integrity of your home may be compromised, leave the area and contact a professional.

Before you clean up:

  • Consider hiring a professional. Repairing a home that has experienced extensive water damage or has been flooded with sewage-contaminated waters may require a professional.
  • Consult with your insurance. If you have property insurance, you should consult with your adjuster before you begin the clean-up. When hiring contractors for clean-up or repair, check references and be sure they are qualified to do the job.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as disposable overalls, protective eyewear, gloves, a face mask and rubber boots.
  • Beware of the electrical system and appliances. Shut off the electrical system, if possible.
  • Provide as much ventilation as you can, by opening windows if the weather permits, and using fans.

Cleaning up:

  • Salvage your belongings. Remove as much as you can out of the flood zone as quickly as possible to help prevent water damage and mould. Some belongings, especially those that are contaminated with sewage, or those that cannot be quickly dried and effectively cleaned, may not be salvageable.
  • Eliminate excess water using a water pump, a wet/dry vacuum, old rags and/or towels.
  • Remove soaked and dirty building materials and debris, including wet insulation, and drywall.
  • Carpets and furniture that can be salvaged may need to be professionally cleaned and dried.
  • Quickly and thoroughly dry and dehumidify the home. Ventilating the area with outdoor air and fans will help. A dehumidifier will work to remove moisture from the home.
  • Clean all surfaces and belonging. Wipe or scrub away dirt and debris using a solution of unscented detergent and water.
  • Disinfect all surfaces and belongings. Thorough cleaning is required before disinfection. Follow the directions on the product label, wear appropriate personal protective equipment and ventilate the area. Do not mix chlorine (bleach) and ammonia-based products.
  • Dispose of non-salvageable items and building materials. Some minor items may be placed out for regular garbage pickup, but a trip or two to the dump may be required.


  • Store all valuable papers that have been damaged in a freezer until they are needed (After your clean-up, consult your lawyer to determine whether flood-damaged documents, or just the information in them, must be retained).
  • Record details of flood damage by photograph or video.
  • Register the amount of damage to your home with your insurance agent.


  • Mould may lead to health problems. Get more information on mould.

Drinking water, food, and medicine:

  • If you are a private well owner and suspect that your well may be contaminated, test the well water before consuming it.
  • All undamaged canned goods must be thoroughly washed and disinfected.
  • Dispose of all medicines, cosmetics and other toiletries that may have been exposed to flood water.
  • Dispose of any of the following food items if they have been exposed to flood water: contents of freezer or refrigerator, including all meats and all fresh fruit and vegetables, all boxed foods, all bottled drinks and products in jars, including home preserves (since the area under the seal cannot be properly disinfected) and cans with large dents or seepage.

Emergency Preparedness for Rural Communities


Impact of emergencies in rural communities

Rural communities are vulnerable to a number of hazardous or threatening situations. Emergencies in rural communities can impact:

  • Human life
  • Property – sheds, garages, barns, homes, greenhouses
  • Livestock
  • Crops
  • Businesses

In many rural areas, emergency or response resources may be limited. In the event of an emergency, individuals and businesses need to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

Power outages

Power outages in rural communities

Power outages can occur from a variety of situations and can last for prolonged periods of time. This can present challenges in the home safety. Taking preparedness actions now can help keep your family safe and healthy.

Stay informed.

  • Listen to your battery-powered or crank radio for updates on the situation.
  • In a prolonged outage, check your local municipal facilities (e.g., community centre, library) for posted updates.

Decide whether to stay or go.

  • Depending on how long you will be without power, it may be best to remain at home (e.g., temporary outage) or evacuate (e.g., power outage in winter with loss of home heat).
  • If driving to another location, proceed with caution and be alert to traffic lights that are not working.

Use backup power.

  • Use standby or backup power sources for emergency power.
    • Only use generators outdoors. Generators are a major cause of fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Use battery-operated light sources (flashlights or glow sticks).
    • Do not use candles due to the risk of fire.
  • Never use gas ovens, gas ranges, barbecues or propane heaters for indoor heating.

Protect electrical equipment.

  • Surges or spikes can occur when the power returns; this can damage electrical equipment. Turn off and unplug any electrical equipment (e.g., electronics and appliances).

Turn off as many lights and other electrical items as possible.

  • This helps to eliminate potential fire hazards and lessens the power draw when service is restored.
  • Keep one light turned on so you will know when the power is back on.

Ensure ventilation for livestock.

  • Do not close buildings tight to conserve heat, since animals could suffocate from lack of oxygen.
  • Open vents to facilitate natural air flow. Clear any debris from all vents.
  • Poultry facilities should be equipped with knock-out panels for emergency ventilation.
  • In dairy facilities, open doors or turn cows outside.

Plan ahead for food and water for livestock.

  • Mechanical feeders won't operate during a power failure.
  • Have a plan in place for emergency feeding procedures.
  • Provide all animals with plenty of water.
  • Your water pump may be driven with a small gasoline-powered engine; otherwise, you will need to haul water.
  • If you have an outside source of water, cattle can be turned out.
  • Regardless of the source of water, be sure it remains clean and safe for animal consumption.
  • As a last resort, dairy cattle can be fed their own milk if there is no water available.

Environmental conditions for livestock.

  • If the power outage occurs during winter weather, back-up heating measures will be needed.
  • Be sure to read instructions to know if a course is appropriate for use both indoors and out.
  • If the power outage occurs during hot weather, back-up air conditioning or ventilation will be needed.
  • Plan ahead to have the necessary equipment ready for these situations.

Farms Emergency Preparedness Plan

Protecting your farm involves a number of factors: family members, co-workers or employees, buildings, equipment, livestock, and crops. Planning ahead for all-hazard situations can help to minimize the impact and speed the recovery process for you and your farm. Take these steps before a disaster or emergency:

Gather information.

  • What disasters or hazards are most likely in your community? For your farm?
  • How would you be warned?
  • How should you prepare for each?

Stay alert for emergency broadcasts.

Put together a Family Emergency Go-Kit.

Draw a farm site map and indicate:

  • Buildings and structures
  • Access routes (e.g., roads, lanes)
  • Barriers (e.g., fences, gates)
  • Locations of livestock
  • Locations of all hazardous substances
  • Electrical shutoff locations, etc.

Make a list of your farm inventory, include:

  • Livestock (i.e., species, number of animals)
  • Crops (i.e., acres, type)
  • Machinery and equipment (i.e., make, model #)
  • Hazardous substances (e.g., pesticides, fertilizers, fuels, medicines, other chemicals)

Keep a list of emergency phone numbers, such as:

  • Your veterinarian
  • Police, Fire, Paramedic Services
  • Insurance agent

Make a list of suppliers or businesses providing services to your farm.

  • Livestock or milk transport, feed delivery, fuel delivery, etc.

Contact your insurance agent.

  • Review your insurance coverage.
  • Get additional coverage for “all-hazard” situations (e.g., flood, hail damage).

Stockpile supplies needed to protect the farm:

  • Sandbags, plastic sheeting, in case of flood
  • Wire and rope to secure objects
  • Lumber and plywood to protect windows
  • Extra fuel for tractors and vehicles
  • Hand tools for preparation and recovery
  • Fire extinguishers in all barns, in all vehicles
  • A safe supply of food to feed livestock
  • A gas powered generator

Identify areas to relocate your assets (e.g., higher elevation), if needed.

  • Livestock and horses
  • Equipment
  • Feed, grain, hay
  • Agrochemicals (e.g., pesticides, herbicides)

Remove or secure any loose equipment or materials, such as lumber, fuel tanks.

Prepare farm employees.

  • Inform them of the farm’s emergency plan; review it with them regularly.
  • Identify shelter-in-place or evacuation locations.
  • Establish a phone tree with contact information for all employees.

Livestock Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergency situations can impact livestock and horses. Due to their size, special shelter and transport requirements, planning ahead for emergency situations is imperative. Take these steps before a disaster or emergency:

Determine the hazards and risks for your area and animals.

  • Are animals located outside or housed indoors?
  • What is the risk of illness or injury to animals at these locations?

Maintain an inventory.

  • Keep a current list of all animals on your farm.
  • Include their location and any records of vaccinations or testing.

Have identification for all animals.

  • Make sure animals have some form of permanent identification (e.g., ear tags, tattoos).
  • Make sure you have records of ownership for all animals, in cases of loss or displacement.

Identify alternate water or power sources.

  • Install a generator to run the well pump

Prepare an evacuation kit.

  • Handling equipment (e.g., halters, nose leads)
  • Water, feed, and buckets
  • Medications
  • Tools and supplies needed for sanitation
  • Cell phone, flashlights, portable radios, and batteries
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Safety and emergency items for your vehicles and trailers
  • Gas powered generators

Make evacuation arrangements.

  • Locate and prearrange evacuation sites.
  • Determine routes to these locations and have alternate routes planned as well.
  • Make arrangements for trucks, trailers, or other transport vehicles for livestock as well as handlers and drivers.
  • Condition animals to being loaded and transported.
  • Plan how handling equipment and veterinary care will be obtained at the evacuation site.
  • Arrange for feed and water delivery for the evacuation site.

Establish escape routes to safe locations (e.g., higher elevation).

  • Keep animals from unsafe locations (e.g., barns in flood situations, under trees in severe thunderstorms).

Establish a safe environment for animals.

  • Assess the stability and safety of barns and other structures.
  • Remove dead trees or other debris in fields or animal holding locations.
  • Remove or secure any loose equipment or materials, such as lumber, feed troughs.
  • Make sure wiring for heat lamps or other electrical machinery is safe and away from flammable debris.

Emergency Management Program & Partners


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 Program and Plan?

The Halton Region Emergency Program and Plan (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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