Emergencies can happen at any time and in any location; when they do, Huron County emergency services are there to help. Huron County emergency response organizations, including police, fire, emergency medical services and public works, are all ready to respond at any time. There are three types of emergencies that can occur:
- Natural, such as a flood
- Human-caused, such as a car accident
- Technological, such as a power failure
Dial 9-1-1 when you need assistance from police, a fire department, or an ambulance to:
- Call for medical help
- Report a fire
- Stop a crime
- Whenever you or someone around you is in a life-threatening situation
Huron County Emergency Management provides information about emergency response, emergency services, and public safety.
Ontario’s Emergency Management Act defines an “emergency” as: “a situation or an impending situation caused by the forces of nature, an accident, an intentional act or otherwise that constitutes a danger of major proportions to life or property.”
It is mandatory for all Ontario communities to have Emergency Management Programs (Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act R.S.O. 1990, c.E.9) based on local hazards and risks, which are regulated by Emergency Management Ontario (EMO), a branch of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Emergency Management is necessary to improve public safety and security; achieved by addressing the four areas of emergency management – mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
- Mitigation and Prevention: involves activities which reduce or eliminate the effects of an emergency or disaster
- Preparedness: actions taken prior to an emergency or disaster to ensure an effective response; includes public education, emergency information, training and annual exercises and preparing plans, operation centres and communications systems
- Response: involves actions taken to respond to an emergency; could include distribution of vaccines during a pandemic, mobilizing human, financial and supply resources, plus emergency declarations
- Recovery: includes the activities required to return the community to its pre-emergency state
Visit Huron County Emergency Management for more information.