Emergency Management Services
The Town of Redcliff is no stranger to disasters and can attest to the importance of Emergency Management preparedness and a collaborative, resilient community. Given the ever-changing emergency management environment, Council determined the need to develop a contemporary Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) and Regional Emergency Management Plan (REMP) with the clear objective of addressing both natural and human-induced hazards and disasters as these are increasing in both frequency and severity across the world, resulting in ever growing human suffering and economic cost.
The ultimate purpose of emergency management is to save lives, reduce risk to people, property, environment, and economy with the top priorities being the preservation of life and building community resilience. The MEMP clearly acknowledges that all citizens are involved in emergency management. Individual residents, communities, municipalities, each level of Government, first responders, private sector, volunteer and non-governmental organizations are critical partners. Solid partnership based on effective collaboration, coordination and communication are key components to sustainable emergency management plan and programs.
Resilience is the capacity of a system, community or society to adapt to disturbances resulting from hazards by persevering, recuperating or changing to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning. Resilient capacity is built through a process of empowering citizens, responders, organizations, communities, governments, systems and society to share the responsibility to keep hazards from becoming disasters.
The Town is committed to the implementation of a comprehensive emergency management program. Comprehensive emergency management can be defined as the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions necessary to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters caused by all hazards, whether natural, technological, or human caused. This consists of four related components:
As part of its emergency management program, the Town will conduct an annual Hazards Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that may impact the Town. These are ranked and prioritized based on the severity of impact and the likelihood of occurrence in the Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessment.
Emergencies and disasters can cut across a broad spectrum in terms of impact on infrastructure, human services, property, the environment, and the economy. It is important to assess the interrelation of these when developing mitigation and preparedness strategies to ensure that, where possible, the implementation of a certain activity to protect one aspect of society does not adversely affect another.
Just as all hazards need to be considered in developing response plans, all impacts and predictable consequences relating to those hazards and planned responses must also be analyzed and addressed.
Emergency management has four distinct phases that often overlap in practice but have specific goals and activities: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The relationship between these phases is demonstrated in the following diagram.
The Town works in collaboration with regional municipalities and local industry to ensure preparedness for response.
Public Safety Canada’s website Get Prepared has advice on knowing the risks, making a plan, and building a preparedness kit. The better you are prepared to take care of yourself, your family, and your pets during the first 72 hours of a disaster, the more resources the Town of Redcliff can dedicate to managing the response and stabilizing the situation.
The Town of Redcliff Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) provides guidance on emergency operations, organizational structure, roles and responsibilities, and the coordination of resources necessary to execute the effective management of disasters in the Town of Redcliff. This plan addresses incidents that may cause damage of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant execution of all or part of this MEMP.