Emergency Management

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Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.9 and Ontario Regulation 380/04 (the “Act”) every municipality in the province is required to develop and implement an emergency management program.

The components of the program must include: 

  • an emergency plan; 
  • training programs and exercises for employees of the Municipality and other persons with respect to the provision of necessary services and the procedures to be followed in emergency response and recovery activities; 
  • public education on risks to public safety and on public preparedness for emergencies; and 
  • any other elements required by the standards for emergency management set under the Act or by Emergency Management Ontario; 
  • an employee of the municipality or a member of the council designated as its emergency management program coordinator; 
  • an emergency management program committee; 
  • an emergency control group; 
  • an emergency operations centre to be used by the municipal emergency control group in an emergency; and 
  • an employee of the municipality designated as its emergency information officer.

It is prudent that the emergency management program, developed under the Act, be in accordance with international best practices, including the five core components of emergency management: prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The purpose of such a program is to help protect public safety, public health, the environment, critical infrastructure and property during an emergency and to promote economic stability and a disaster resilient community. 

The Emergency Management Program By-law 07/2018 meets the requirements of all current legislation and meets the emergency needs of the Municipality of Port Hope.

Port Hope is committed to a process of emergency planning and response that will help to ensure the safety of its residents in the event of an emergency.

Fire Chief C. Ryan Edgar, Director of Fire and Emergency Services for the Municipality of Port Hope, is the Municipality’s Community Emergency Management Coordinator and the Emergency Management Program Chair. In the event of a municipal emergency, Chief Edgar is the Director of the Municipal Emergency Control Group. Brian Gilmer, Director of Corporate Services, is his alternate.

For more information on the Municipal Emergency Management Program contact Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services at 905-753-2230 or visit the Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services website