Prepare for Emergency and Disaster for Communities

Emergency preparedness is an important component of a broad strategy for your community’s public safety. From a sense of safety comes the confidence and security needed to build prosperous and sustainable communities; from the individual level through each level of government, everyone has a role to play in preparing for emergencies.

Manitoba is no stranger to emergencies, so it’s no surprise that we’ve developed into one of Canada’s leading provinces when it comes to emergency planning and preparedness. In addition to drawing on the experience and lessons of past emergencies, our community of public safety officials is continuously working to anticipate new hazards and develop plans that will allow for the best possible response if something occurs.

What are the risks

Manitoba is a large and varied province, with everything from arctic tundra to vast bodies of water to expansive prairies. Our unique geography and varied climates results in a wide range of potential hazards, with many unique regional and local variances.

Overland river flooding is one of Manitoba's most regular emergency, especially during the spring run-off period. Severe weather is a threat at all times of the year for all parts of the province, with the potential for tornadoes, blizzards, windstorms, freezing rain and hail. Wildfires are a potential hazard in all parts of the province, and northern regions are regularly impacted by large forest fires.

Besides these natural hazards, there is also the possibility of human-caused emergencies, such as fires, chemical and hazardous materials accidents, terrorist attacks, infrastructure or utility failures, and transportation accidents.

It's important to understand both the probability and severity of the hazards in your area. Starting with a basic level of 'all hazard' emergency planning that can be modified to deal with emergencies as they arise, your understanding of hazards will allow for detailed planning to prepare for those that are priority concerns.

More information on: Specific Emergencies

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Municipal Emergency Management Program

Manitoba EMO has been working to develop new policies and procedures related to implementing the requirements of The Emergency Measures Act and the new Local Authorities Emergency Planning and Preparedness Regulation. These policies and procedures are meant to clarify what Manitoba EMO requires and how local authorities can demonstrate that they are meeting the requirements of the Act and Regulation.

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Emergency Coordinators

The Community Emergency Coordinator is a key position in the municipal emergency program. He/She is responsible for developing and maintaining an emergency program for the community. This program must consist of an emergency plan that meets the mandated requirements set out by the Emergency Measures Organization; this plan must be maintained and passed by council every year. The Coordinator is responsible to develop a training and education program for key players within the community, usually consisting of the Elected Officials, First Responders, Operational staff and volunteers. The final step in the program responsibilities is to exercise the emergency plan through a series of exercises designed to test the plan and people.

An Emergency Coordinator must possess strong communication skills, be a leader, able to work with the elected officials as well as volunteers. This person must be able to work well under stress and be able to manage a team within an emergency operations center in times of an emergency.

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Municipal Emergency Plan Template

Plan Template information.

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Community Emergency Preparedness Award

The new Manitoba Community Emergency Prepardness Award will recognize the dedicated efforts and successes of communities as they work to protect their residents’ safety and health, the environment, property and the economic stability of their municipalities.

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Training

The response to emergencies is human-driven – during a crisis, the most important element in a successful response is the ability of emergency managers to work as a team and make good decisions under very challenging circumstances.

Manitoba EMO’s training program has gained national and international recognition as one of the outstanding models for emergency management. Our training programs offer progressive training for qualified emergency managers from introductory levels through to more advanced levels. Our training is designed with real-world conditions in mind, and provides the skills for the wide range of roles needed as part of an effective emergency management program.

For more information, view the Training page of this website.

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2018 Manitoba EMO Municipal Emergency Workshops

It was great to see so many Municipal Emergency Coordinators, municipal emergency management teams, municipal staff, and elected officials at our 2018 January and February workshops!

For more information, view the Workshop page.

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