Council approves updated Town of Oakville Emergency Plan

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – for immediate release

Council approves updated Town of Oakville Emergency Plan

Plan outlines responsibilities and actions in the event of major emergency

Demonstrating the town’s commitment to community safety, Oakville’s updated Emergency Plan was approved by Council Monday night. Replacing the 2006 version, the 2013 plan moves towards a best-practice, all-hazards emergency management program and takes a streamlined approach to planning for all emergencies and disasters regardless of their nature.

“We need to be prepared for the unexpected and Oakville is,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Oakville’s Emergency Plan identifies the impact of an emergency on our community, and ensures that the right people and resources are in place during the response and recovery phases. Keeping our community safe is our top priority.”

Subject to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Oakville is responsible for managing emergency response and for providing necessary services during an emergency. The updated Emergency Plan and adopted Emergency Plan By-law 2013-008 clearly defines Oakville’s responsibilities and actions to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

“Town-wide emergency preparedness is vital to the safety and health of our community,” said Lee Grant, Fire Chief and director of Emergency Planning and Fire Services. “Our Emergency Plan is designed to guide the town through any disaster to ensure efficient and coordinated responses.”

Aligned with the updated Emergency Plan By-law, the plan defines roles and responsibilities of elected officials, town staff, key response agencies and Halton Region. Oakville and its partners routinely test their emergency plans through joint mock emergency exercises and scenarios.

Key emergency management areas covered in the plan include:

Protocol for declaration of emergencies
Emergency Operations Centre procedures and functions
Public information procedures and functions
Oakville’s Emergency Management Program

Residents are also reminded to have a 72-Hour Family Go-Kit in the event of a home or community evacuation. This simple pre-planning will allow those responding to focus their attention on the emergency situation itself. A list of items to pack can be found on the Halton Region website.

To access the 2013 Town of Oakville Emergency Plan please visit the town’s emergency planning web page.

Media contacts

Andy Glynn
Deputy Fire Chief
Town of Oakville

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005

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Council approves updated Town of Oakville Emergency Plan