Emergency Preparedness Program
The function of emergency preparedness planning and response coordination is maintained within Fire Paramedic Service. The office is responsible for coordinating and supporting overall emergency preparedness activities including research, training and education, disaster exercises, public information and the response to an emergency event. The type of emergency dealt with by this service is one that is major or unusual in nature, and requires the coordination of several departments and/or outside services. The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator maintains the readiness and operation of the Emergency Operations Center, a facility that serves as a focal point for the coordination of response activities during an emergency situation.
The City has been involved in major emergency response activities since its inception. Perhaps the keystone event was the 1950 flood in the Red River Valley. The impact of that clearly demonstrated the need for developing appropriate plans to coordinate the emergency responses of civic departments as well as different levels of government external aid and volunteer agencies. Over the years, various committees and other planning bodies have been structured to assist in carrying out such activities.
In 1990 the City hired a full-time Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Assistant to establish, enhance, and maintain emergency preparedness activities in Winnipeg. The “Emergency Preparedness Program” refers collectively to all public and volunteer bodies and organizations engaged in planning and response of emergency management activities for the City of Winnipeg.
The aim of the City of Winnipeg Emergency Preparedness Program is to provide and support effective planning, disaster management, and education services to enable the citizens of Winnipeg to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major disaster. In addition, the Office provides advice to City Council on all aspects of planning for and responding to major emergencies or disasters.
The activities of the staff in a major emergency involve the activation of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The EOC is located in the lower level of the Council Building and is a dedicated facility which serves as the focal point for the coordination and management of emergency response activities during large scale (disaster) events.On a day-to-day basis,the Emergency Preparedness Program undertakes emergency response research, planning, and training and education activities.Staff conduct research into, and preparation of, appropriate and necessary plans and procedure for emergency response. This includes risk analysis to identify and analyze the effects of real or possible hazards in the City; working with appropriate departments on risk mitigation programs; developing inventories of resources; identifying resource deficiencies and recommending corrective actions; establishing and maintaining communications and alerting systems; and developing plans and procedures with the aim of enhancing emergency preparedness. Staff are also involved in the development of, or participation in, the establishment and conduct of emergency preparedness training programs, the development of a public education program, and development of an emergency exercise program.
Integral to the Emergency Preparedness Program is the Emergency Control Committee and the Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Committee Emergency Control Committee (ECC)
The Emergency Control Committee is made up of the Mayor, Members of the Executive Policy Committee (7), the Chief Administrative Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Emergency Coordinator and/or the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, and one department head chosen from each of the Standing Policy Committee (3 total). They are responsible for the direction and control of all phases of a comprehensive emergency management plan including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The Committee advises Council on all matters pertaining to emergencies or disasters; implements Council direction; recommends matters pertaining to emergencies or disasters; recommends emergency legislation to Council; provides direction and guidance to the Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Committee; obtains outside assistance from the Provincial, Federal, private and commercial sources, as required; and prepares release of approved emergency-related information and instruction to the media.
Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Committee (EPCC)
The Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Committee includes; the Chief Emergency Coordinator/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, the Chief Coordinators Aide, and representation from the Fire Paramedic Service, Police Service, Emergency Social Services/Public Aid, Public Works, Utilities, Public Information, Information Technology, Financial Risk Management, Human Resources, Legal Services, and outside agencies (at the committee’s discretion). This Committee coordinates the activities of City departments, outside agencies, the public sector, and volunteer group during an emergency. It is also responsible for creation of a comprehensive emergency response plan; advises the Emergency Control Committee; prepares information for release to the public; staffs the Emergency Operations Centre on a full or part-time basis; and reviews and updates the City’s Emergency Plan.
What is the City of Winnipeg’s EmergWeb?
EmergWeb is a unique, specialized website which will be fully activated in the case of an emergency within the city of Winnipeg. Examples of such emergencies may include a severe snow or ice storm, rising river levels, or a large scale hazardous materials incident.
EmergWeb is your one-stop shop for City information during an emergency. Our goal is to ensure that you have access to the most up-to-date emergency information online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In non-emergency times, EmergWeb is intended to be a resource for citizens in preparing for an emergency and protecting yourself, your family and your property should the need arise.
Visit EmergWeb to learn how to be prepared before an emergency happens:
- plan for an emergency and find out What You Should Know
- visit the Resources & Links section for more information on preparing for emergencies.
- Have a question? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
In the event of an emergency, EmergWeb will have:
- the latest News, updates and advisories at your fingerprints.
- information on How to Get Assistance.
- information on How to Volunteer your time during an emergency.
- maps of affected areas of the city in the Maps and Pictures section.
Emergency Preparedness Guide Pull-Out
The City of Winnipeg is continuously improving its comprehensive plan for dealing with emergencies that affect Winnipeggers. Citizens can participate in this plan by making their own emergency preparations.
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