Disaster Preparedness

Get Ready for Summer

sun [graphic] Keep track of forest fires in the province with Sustainable Development.
sun [graphic] Help protect yourself from West Nile virus, the infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes.
sun [graphic] Check the latest provincial flood information.
sun [graphic] Watch for weather conditions with Environment Canada.

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, through its programs and its Office of Disaster Management, aims to develop safer communities. To achieve this the health system must be capable of providing a coordinated response during disasters, and deliver effective programs to reduce risks and increase preparedness before an impact.

The health sector has a special interest and a key role in this process.  We recognize that safer communities are healthier and the health of the population is an important contributing factor to an individual's and a community's ability to cope with disasters.  The regional health authorities and Seniors and Active Living's internal branches work together on many disaster-related issues to ensure the health sector is properly prepared. 

You can help too by preparing yourself -- see the links on this page for more information.

Home and Family Preparedness

West Nile Virus The summer of 2002 saw the first cases of West Nile virus in Manitoba.  Find out how you and your family can prepare and protect yourselves for next year.

Emergency Measures Organization Learn more about emergency preparedness in Manitoba from the Emergency Measures Organization.

Travel Health Advisories Disasters can strike anywhere around the world and some countries struggle with diseases that are uncommon in Canada.  Before traveling, make sure you have the information you need to be safe when you are out of the country, by checking the Government of Canada's Travel Health Notices.

Find out more about some of Manitoba's hazards, like forest fires.
National Emergency Preparedness National emergency management organizations, such as Public Safety Canada or the American Federal Emergency Management Agency have useful information on hazards and preparedness.

Health and Disaster

Health's Emergency Services

Disasters often involve casualties and the need for emergency care. Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living’s Emergency Services branch has information about Emergency Medical Services.

Public Health

Public Health has an important role to play in many disasters.  The Environmental Health Branch provides information on major health issues that affect the health of Manitobans in an appropriate and timely manner.

Health Canada's Emergency Preparedness

Health Canada’s Emergencies and Disasters site provides more information about Health Canada's activities related to emergencies and disasters that can affect the health of Canadians.

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are an important international resource on public health with many useful links relating to disasters.

Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action

The World Health Organization’s Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action deals with health disasters all over the globe, especially in developing countries.

Contact Information:

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
Office of Disaster Management
Unit 7 - 1680 Ellice Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3H 0Z2
Phone:  204-945-1444
FAX:  204-948-2531
E-mail:  odm@gov.mb.ca