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.


Ardent Defender Exercise

The Ardent Defender exercise is a counter-explosive threat training scenario for the Canadian Armed Forces. It is the largest exercise of its kind to take place in Canada, and includes participants from over 20 nations around the world. The aim of the exercise is to refine the skills to defeat explosive threats that could be faced during Armed Forces operations. Meaford hosted the exercise in 2018, with activities taking place at the Meaford Harbour and the Fire Hall Training Center. It will be returning for 2019, taking place at Meaford Hall and the Water Treatment Plant.

Photo Gallery: Ardent Defender Exercise will appear here on the public site.

2019 Emergency Exercise

While the Canadian Armed Forces will be simulating an explosive threat scenario at the water plant, Municipal staff and local partners including Grey County EMS, the Meaford Hospital, Social Services, and Town of the Blue Mountains will be testing out our Emergency Management Plan in a simulated water emergency.

The exercise will be taking place on October 9th at Meaford Hall and October 10th at the Meaford Water Plant. The Market Square parking lot will be restricted on October 9th, and Grandview Drive will be closed in front of the water plant for the day on October 10th.

Throughout the exercise, residents near the training areas may hear additional noise between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Residents may also see military personnel, vehicles and equipment from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), emergency services personnel, and soldiers from international militaries who have been invited to take part in this training event. 

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Parking Restriction

A portion of the Market Square parking lot will be closed on October 9, 2019 as part of the Ardent Defender Training Exercise.

Alternate parking is available off Nelson Street and Trowbridge Street in municipal lots.

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Road Closure Notice

On October 10, 2019 Grandview Drive will be Closed in front of the Water Treatment Plant from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., allowing Local Traffic Only from Ford Ave. and Helen St. to the Water Treatment Plant.

This is to accommodate the Ardent Defender and Municipal Emergency Management Training exercises.

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