Emergency Management Coordination
The Emergency Management Coordination function is the activity undertaken in advance of a large-scale emergency to minimize, through the existence of effective, up-to-date and proven emergency response management programs (including response plans and training), the risk to the life and health of residents and to reduce damage to property. Emergency Management Coordination activities include, but are not restricted to, the maintenance, implementation and revision of the Essex County Emergency Response Plan and Resource Handbook and the Amherstburg Emergency Plan (with an emphasis on the Nuclear Response Plan as directed by the Province of Ontario Nuclear Emergency Plan, Parts I and VI).
Other responsibilities include emergency management assistance to all municipalities with regards to:
- plan maintenance
- plan testing
- public awareness
- county-wide workshops
- disaster response, recovery and assistance (ODRAP);
- coordination of emergency planning related functions, such as the County Mutual Aid Firefighting Agreement and other protective services including 9-1-1 service, Hazardous Material Response, County Emergency Notification System (Reverse 911)
- The development of additional contingency plans as required, such as the Boil Water Advisory Protocols and Procedures.
Emergency Management Coordination response and services are provided on a 24/7 basis. Legislation that directly relates to Emergency Management Coordination includes the Province of Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, in particular, as well as Labour, Safety and Environmental legislation in general.
Emergency Management Coordination Services is located across the hall from Planning in Suite 301. Committee Room C ( Suite 308) has been identified and equipped to be activated as the Emergency Operations Centre in the event of a major disaster.
The Emergency Management Coordinator for Essex County is Phil Berthiaume. Phil can be reached at 519-776-2024 or by e-mail by clicking HERE.