The aim of the County of Simcoe Emergency Management Program is to produce a disaster resilient community that is ready to meet the challenges of any emergencies which might affect the municipalities in our region.
The Leadership Role of the County of Simcoe
A successful municipal response in an emergency requires effective joint planning and preparedness before an emergency arises.
The role of the County of Simcoe in a declared emergency is to provide support and coordinate an emergency response as requested by our 16 member municipalities.
|Adjala-Tosorontio Twp.||Essa Township||Oro-Medonte Township||Springwater Township|
|Clearview Township||Town of Innisfil||Town of Penetanguishene||Tay Township|
|Town of Collingwood||Town of Midland||Ramara Township||Tiny Township|
|Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury||Town of New Tecumseth||Severn Township||Town of Wasaga Beach|
Our joint emergency response plan also includes cooperation with the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia, the First Nations communities of Rama and Beausoleil, as well as the CFB Borden Fire Department.
County emergency support includes:
- managing a coordinated response across municipalities
- coordinating resources, equipment, and personnel
- facilitating communications and information sharing
- providing additional resources that the municipalities may need to help manage the emergency
The County also provides leadership in the areas of emergency management planning, preparedness, and public education.
The Emergency Management Program
The County of Simcoe has a comprehensive Emergency Management Program is based on four core components of emergency management:
||-actions taken to eliminate or reduce the harmful effects of an emergency, should one occur|
||-actions taken prior to an emergency or disaster to ensure an effective response|
||-actions taken to effectively respond to an emergency or disaster|
||-actions taken to recover from a disaster|
The Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act requires every municipality must have an established response plan in place to respond to emergency situations. Provincially, emergency management is coordinated by Emergency Management Ontario (EMO), a branch of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
The Emergency Response Plan
The cornerstone of emergency management in Simcoe County is the Emergency Response Plan.
The aim of the County of Simcoe Emergency Response Plan is to prepare and provide for the extraordinary arrangements and measures that may have to be taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents, visitors, and businesses in the County of Simcoe in the event of an emergency. It also is designed to protect the overall environmental and economic health of the county.
The Emergency Operations Centre
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is the facility where the Emergency Community Control Group assembles to manage an emergency situation.
The EOC's primary concern is to maintain essential services while experiencing potential workforce shortages as a result of emergency conditions. Detailed operating procedures have been developed for the EOC including, but not limited to:
- Room set-up
- Operating procedures for normal business hours
- Control of access to the EOC and other security provisions
- Public health emergency screening and infection control
- Protocol for notifying assisting organizations and individuals
- Alternate back-up procedures
Training and Simulation Exercises
All staff, volunteers, and organizations involved in the emergency program take part in training exercises. These exercises occur at least once per year. During the training sessions various case studies, tabletop exercises, and potential scenarios are reviewed in order to enable all parties to deal with the challenges of a real emergency. As an essential part of the training and exercise program, the emergency plan's strengths and deficiencies are documented and a planned course of action is recorded.
Public Education and Awareness Program
The goal of the Public Education program is to raise awareness about the potential risks in our region, how to prepare for them in advance, and what to do if an emergency occurs.
- Know the Risks
- Make a Plan
- Prepare a Kit
- Know What to Do
The program includes:
- a school-based program awareness program aimed at students in grades 4-6
- an Emergency Planning information guide
- public presentations and information displays at community events
- this website
If you would like to find out more about emergency preparedness, or if you would like to book a information presentation for a group, please contact the County of Simcoe Emergency Planning Public Education Coordinator.