Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time without warning. An Emergency 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.
The Township has established an Emergency Plan. Click here to open the PDF of the Township's Plan.
The Plan is tested and updated annually through a community exercise to determine whether the components in the plan will actually work in an actual emergency.
Why have a Community Exercise?
- Test the functionality of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the Emergency Plan;
- Improve inter-agency communications, cooperation and collaboration;
- Learn and practice using emergency event management software;
- Meet the requirements of the Emergency Management Act;
- Build skills and confidence of staff and volunteers, by training them in their emergency management roles.
Declaration of an Emergency
Emergency Control Groups can be called together for meetings, trainings or exercises, and to coordinate a response to an emergency situation (declared and not declared). Emergencies are declared by the Head of Council to:
- Alert the public to a serious emergency situation so they take the necessary actions asked of them.
- Protect those volunteers who have been registered to assist with the emergency, so they are covered by WSIB.
- Meet the criteria to receive the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP).
Emergency Preparedness Programs
The Township in partnership with the Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) group has established emergency preparedness programs for the residents of Woolwich Township. Click here to learn more about the Siren, Shelter-in-Place, Community Alert Network program.