Emergencies may include natural disasters like floods, tornados, or storms. It can also include infectious diseases, accidents, or water contamination or shortages.

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The Municipality is required to develop an Emergency Management Program to ensure that we are prepared for an emergency. The program includes an Emergency Management Plan, public education activities, and the appointment of a Emergency Management Committee.

What is an Emergency?

The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act defines an emergency as:

“a situation or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or otherwise.”

The Mayor, as the head of council, has the power to declare a state of emergency. She will consult with the Municipal Control Group and review the Emergency Plan to make her decision.

Be Prepared

Being prepared starts with you being responsible for the safety of yourself and your family.

Every family should have a 72-hour emergency kit. It should have everything you and your family would need to be safe and take care of yourselves for at least three days immediately following an emergency.

You should also develop a household emergency plan.

Municipal Emergency Management Plan

Meaford's Emergency Management Plan helps us protect residents, businesses and visitors in the case of an emergency. We coordinate our emergency response with a number of agencies under the direction of the Municipal Control Group.

The Plan provides key officials, agencies and departments important emergency response information, and outlines everyone's roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency. It helps us provide a centralized, controlled and coordinated response to emergencies that might happen in the Municipality of Meaford, and meets the legislated requirements of the Emergency Management Act.

A hardcopy of the plan is available at the Meaford & District Fire Hall located at 81 Stewart Street, Meaford. The document is available in other accessible formats and with communication supports by request.


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