H.1 General

Ontario Regulation 380/04 specifies municipal standards pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). The regulation defines the elements that encompass the development and implementation of a municipal emergency management program.

The responsibilities in this section are requirements for municipalities, and are recommendations for First Nations communities.

H.2 Preparedness

In order to ensure that municipalities have the capabilities in place to respond to emergencies, the following preparedness measures are required:

  • An emergency management program coordinator.
  • An emergency management program committee.
  • An approved municipal emergency response plan.
  • A 24/7 emergency response contact point.
  • Designated staff and alternates to form a Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG), which can be activated at short notice to guide the emergency response.
  • A designated location for, and fully equipped emergency operations centre for use by the MECG.
  • A designated municipal emergency information officer, and alternate(s).
  • Plans, procedures, resource lists and arrangements to carry out emergency responsibilities.

H.3 Response

Where an emergency results in the need for provincial assistance, communities should ensure that they are able to meet the following response requirements to facilitate PEOC coordination:

  • Provide early notification and updates to the PEOC of any potential emergency situation.
  • Notify the PEOC whenever an emergency is declared.
  • Request provincial assistance whenever community resources can no longer appropriately support the emergency response.
  • Accommodate an OFMEM Field Officer in the EOC in order to facilitate the coordination of information and resources.