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Emergency Preparedness

Augusta Township is affected by emergency situations on an on-going basis. The majority of situations are non-complex in nature and are very effectively managed by emergency response services – Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Augusta Fire Rescue (FD), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Public Works (PW).

 

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However, on occasion, an emergency situation will escalate beyond the immediate response capability of those organizations resulting in the need for a larger scale coordinated response by multiple agencies including representation from both upper and lower tier municipalities, the province and potentially the federal government. 

Augusta Township’s Municipal Emergency Plan assigns responsibilities and outlines the actions of key municipal officials during a large scale event. Emergencies can be categorized by cause – natural, human-caused or technological – and have the potential to threaten our health, safety, environment, property, critical infrastructure and economic stability.

In order to effectively deal with escalated and usually complex situations, the Province of Ontario passed the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Regulation 380/04. The legislation mandates municipalities to develop, implement and annually prove compliance with an Emergency Management Program. The program provides municipal staff with direction to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

All municipalities are required to have an appointed Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) and an alternate.  Inquiries, suggestions, concerns, information requests and/or guest speaker requests are always welcome.  You can contact the CEMC at (613) 925-4231 ext. 104 or via email at emergplan@augusta.ca.

An effective emergency management program calls on the residents of the municipality to be prepared to look after themselves and their families for up to 72 HOURS. Your PREPAREDNESS PLAN identifies you and your family’s needs, remembering that SENIORS may have additional needs. Do not forget about your PETS. Members of the FARMING community have to think about their livestock as well as their families.

 

What hazards should you be preparing for?

Augusta Township staff, in consultation with residents, businesses, industry, and outside agencies have compiled an extensive list of hazards that have or could impact the municipality. Our HIRA or Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment process has identified the following situations as having the greatest potential impact on our residents and/or municipal infrastructure:

  • Severe weather (cold, heat, winds, rain or freezing rain, snow, etc.)
  • Wide spread power failure
  • Chemical spill (fixed site, road and rail transport, pipelines, etc.)
  • Major road, rail or marine transportation accidents
  • Agricultural emergencies (crops, livestock, etc.)

In the event of an emergency please have your civic address number ready and dial 9- 1-1 for help. During an emergency, you can contact the municipal office (613-925-4231) to obtain information or you can dial 2-1-1 and indicate you are a resident of Augusta Township to get the latest updates on the emergency situation.

The following links are provided to assist you in developing an emergency preparedness plan for you, your family, and your business and to enable you to increase your knowledge about emergencies:

Emergency Preparedness

Your Emergency Preparedness Guide – an excellent step-by-step guide to prepare your family.

Your Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs – same exceptional guide but with added information for your family with special needs.

Get Prepared – Government of Canada website dedication to emergency preparedness.

Preparing a Family Emergency Kit – video.

Making a Family Emergency PLAN – video.

Build a Kit – another site with an emergency preparedness kit checklist and reminders.

Hydro One – power outage safety information including a link to notify them of medical condition requiring electricity.

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit – information on emergency safety, responding to stressful events and more preparedness tips.

Ontario SPCA – a guide for your pet emergency kit.

Barn Fire Prevention – tips and videos.

Emergency Off-Farm Housing for Cattle – tips and reminders.

Emergency Management Ontario – includes a link to check if your phone is compatible to receive emergency alerts and how to subscribe if it isn’t.

Red Cross – first Aid training courses, tips and resources.

During an Emergency 

Alert Ready – to sign up for critical and potentially lifesaving emergency alert messages.

Ontario 211 – website with information on the emergency update calling system in place in Ontario.

Environment Canada – weather updates.

Sandbag Suppliers (LOCAL) – a list.

Sandbag Procedures – how to build an effective barrier.

Forest Fires – information about the current forest fire danger, forest fire activity and fire restrictions across the province.

Flood Forecasting and Warning Program – information about the program which prepares provincial and local authorities in the event of a flood.

Low Water Response – explains how the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry manages water use during a drought.

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority – monitors the watershed levels.

South Nation Conservation Authority – monitors the watershed levels.

After an Emergency

Disaster Recovery Assistance – the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing information page.

Government of Canada Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements – in the event of a large-scale natural disaster.

Other Related Government Links

United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Emergency Planning

Public Safety Canada

Government of Canada Seasonal Weather Hazards

Government of Canada Earthquakes

Government of Canada Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

Government of Canada Floods

Office of the Fire Marshall

Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act