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Definition of An Emergency Response Plan:

An Emergency Response Plan is a plan of action for the efficient deployment and coordination of services, agencies and personnel to provide the earliest possible response to an emergency.

Responsibilities Within the Region of Waterloo:

There are seven local municipalities each with their own Emergency Response Plans. The local municipalities have the responsibility to supply the initial response to an emergency.

The Region of Waterloo Emergency Response Plan will be activated when:

  1. the Mayor or Acting Mayor of an affected Municipality requests that the Regional Emergency Response Plan be implemented; or
  2. the emergency affects a large portion of inhabitants of more than one local municipality; or
  3. the emergency requires extraordinary actions or expenditure of monies by one or more regional services for the protection of property, health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the community.

When deemed necessary, the Mayor of a local municipality will contact the Region of Waterloo to  convene the Regional Emergency Control Group.

Members of the Regional Emergency Control Group could include, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Chief of Police and the Medical Officer of Health.

The Regional Emergency Control Group will guide the emergency response activities from the Regional Emergency Operations Centre. Serious emergencies require coordination beyond that needed for more routine responses to community problems. Emergency Operation Centres (EOC) serve as the master coordination and control point for an emergency response. The Region of Waterloo and each area municipality in Waterloo Region have a primary and alternate EOC.

 

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