Emergency Management

Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, every municipality in Ontario must have an Emergency Management Committee and an Emergency Management Program to protect the lives and property of its citizens. 

Emergency Management Committee

The Emergency Management Committee acts as a community resource to provide emergency management education and aid during a declared emergency. 

The Emergency Management Committee is currently made up of Voting Members:

  • Head of Council (Mayor)
  • Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
  • One additional member of Council, appointed by Council resolution
  • Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC)
  • Fire Chief
  • Public Works Manager
  • Others as required

The committee meetings are typically held once or twice a year.

Emergency Management Program

Emergency Response Plan

This Emergency Response Plan enables a centralized controlled and coordinated response to emergencies in the Township and meets the legislated requirements of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Our Emergency Response Plan aims to make provisions for the extraordinary arrangements and measures that may need to be taken to protect public safety, health, welfare, property, and the environmental and economic health of Hornepayne residents, businesses and visitors when faced with an emergency.

The Emergency Response Plan is available for public viewing only at the Town Hall. 

Be prepared for an emergency

Before an emergency happens, it’s important to make sure you have a plan in place for your household. 

The Government of Ontario outlines steps on how to prepare for an emergency for you and your family at home: 

Step 1: Make a plan
Step 2: Build an emergency preparedness kit
Step 3: Stay informed

Ensure everyone’s safety during an emergency

If your household includes children, people with disabilities, seniors and/or pets review the following information when developing your plan and kit to ensure safety for all.

Emergency preparedness

Emergency preparedness begins with you! Learn about different emergencies and how to be prepared.

You can also prepare ahead of time by completing an Evacuee Registration Form and Pet Information Record (below), if applicable. 

During an evacuation, it is likely that the Red Cross will not be able to arrive in Hornepayne before people start to evacuate. When this occurs, it is important to capture important information about each evacuee, regardless of where the evacuees are staying.

If it is not possible to use the Red Cross’s form, residents can complete the Evacuee Registration Form ahead of time and submit to the Township. 

Residents are encouraged to have an emergency plan for pets and to evacuate with the animal.

During an evacuation, some pets will be left behind. Pet owners, through the reception centre, or ahead of time must complete a Pet Information Record and submit it to the Red Cross. The municipality will coordinate with emergency personnel, animal control and the OSPCA to arrange care or removal of the animals from the evacuation area if it is safe to do so and appropriate resources are available.

In all evacuations, there will be people who will not evacuate. The police have limited authority to force someone to evacuate. Shelter-in-place instructions will be given to people who refuse to leave.

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a national event supported by Public Safety Canada, working closely with provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, Indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector organizations who support activities at the local level. An annual event for over 25 years, it traditionally takes place during the first full week of May.

Learn more on our Emergency Preparedness Week Page

Contact Us

For questions related to emergency management, please contact: 
Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC)/Operations Officer (CAO/Clerk)
Phone: 807-868-2020 x205
Email: cao@hornepayne.ca

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