South Dundas emergency management officials along with those from North Dundas, South Stormont, North Stormont and the United Counties will be carrying out annual emergency response training together with exercises today (Wednesday, September 21st).
While residents across the country are encouraged to be prepared for an eventual emergency, Ontario municipalities are required to conduct emergency preparedness training and exercises on an annual basis.
South Dundas along with the other three townships and the United Counties follow a five-year program of training and exercises.
The training focuses on functional responsibilities within emergency management organizations, and the exercises reinforce those responsibilities under scenarios based on the priority hazards of the area.
The Province of Ontario is encouraging all emergency response organizations to adopt a common emergency management philosophy called the Incident Management System (IMS) which would provide a standardized organizational structure, functions, processes, and terminology.
These four townships and the United Counties have been leaders in implementing IMS. This year’s training and exercise will continue to build their effectiveness in operating during a potential emergency under IMS.
The United Counties and its six townships have established a Mutual Assistance Agreement to support each other during an emergency.
Working together with training and exercises as is the case on September 21st, the five emergency management organizations will be able to foster the sense of cooperation that will be needed in an emergency incident.
The exercise is funded under the Federal Government’s Joint Emergency Preparedness Program. In Ontario, this program is administered by Emergency Measures Ontario.
This annual training and exercise is just one aspect of the work carried out each year by the five Emergency Management Program Committees.
Following a five-year training and exercise program, the committees ensure that their emergency management program highlights potentially high emergency risks on a continuing basis.
Township committees have been in existence since 1998, when the townships were created through amalgamation. The United Counties followed them a few years later.
The Township of South Dundas is committed to being a disaster-resilient community.