How the City is Preparing
The City of Brantford has developed and implemented plans and programs to protect the community during emergencies. In partnership with local first responders, health organizations, social services, utilities and volunteer groups, the City constantly strives to improve its level of preparedness. Continuous testing, training and updating ensure that plans are capable of addressing any emergency that occurs in our community.
Despite the best of precautions, we can't predict an emergency, but we can all take positive steps to minimize the impact of any situation that comes our way.
Brantford’s Emergency Management Program
The Emergency Management Act (EMA) has mandated municipalities to be pro-active and consistent in their approach to Emergency Management. Under the EMA, all municipalities in Ontario must develop an emergency management program and the council of the municipality shall by way of a by-law adopt the emergency management program.
The City of Brantford has established a formal Community Emergency Management Program to deal with major emergencies.
To deal with community emergency situations, City staff members from key areas have been organized into an Emergency Operation Advisory Group (EOAG). In the event of a community emergency, the EOAG is dispatched to the City’s Emergency Operations Centre, where the emergency situation is strategically managed to assist the on-scene emergency responders.
To ensure all members of the City’s Emergency Operations Advisory Group are fully trained and able to deal with emergency situations, the City has established community emergency plans and procedures and provides emergency training and exercises on a regular basis. To assist members of the community with their own emergency preparedness efforts, the Program includes a public education program.
The City of Brantford’s Emergency Response Plan outlines roles and responsibilities of essential services to ensure that essential services are provided to the Community throughout the emergency. It describes the roles and responsibilities for Emergency Operations Advisory Group. It also spells out how the City co-ordinates with community agencies as hospitals, schools, utilities, telephone and volunteer groups such as Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Emergency Operations Advisory Group
The Emergency Operations Advisory Group mandates are to oversee and direct the implementation of emergency preparedness standards at the Essential, Enhanced and Comprehensive levels as outlined in the Framework for Community Emergency Management Programs to meet the deadlines required by the Emergency Management Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter E.9.