The Regional District and related municipalities subscribe to a generic approach to large emergency or disaster response. Disasters are calamities that threaten or effect extraordinary loss of life and/or property.
This Plan is not intended to deal with day-to-day emergency situations handled by emergency response agencies. Most disasters will create demands that exceed the normal capacity of any one organization. The intent of this plan is to facilitate and coordinate response to and recovery from disaster by implementing common management strategies for both public service and private sector agencies. The tactics and strategies outlined are to be considered as guidelines. To meet unusual situations, the use of unconventional methods, tempered by sound judgement and past experience can be invaluable.
It is imperative that each agency and department responding have its own response plan that outlines their particular tasks within the framework of the Regional Plan and dovetails with the response activities of all. Separate plans have been developed by the participating agencies and are available by contacting the Emergency Program Office.
The Plan provides for not only the electoral areas but also the municipalities within the region. Standardization, coordination and familiarization with planning strategies by all participants will ensure an effective response.
The objective of the Emergency Plan is to:
1. Provide for the safety and health of all responders
2. Save lives
3. Reduce suffering
4. Protect public health
5. Protect government infrastructure
6. Protect property
7. Protect the environment and
8. Reduce economic and social losses
Levels of Response
The following are to be used as a guide when determining the level of response required for an incident. They include a description of the event, area affected, extent of the coordination and assistance needed.
Level 1 - Site Response (Readiness and Routine) All ongoing routine response activities by Emergency Services Personnel (Police, Ambulance, Fire) on a daily basis.
Level 2 - Zone ECC Response (Local Emergency) A situation confined to one location/jurisdiction that does not affect zone-wide services, population or traffic.
Level 3 - Regional ECC Response (Regional Emergency) A situation affecting multiple-jurisdiction services, populations and geographic areas.
Level 4 - PREOC Response, Regional ECC (Major Disaster) A region wide disaster that involves widespread damages in addition to the disruption of services. Requires a coordinated response of all-local governments, departments and outside agencies. A Regional ECC will activated to support on-scene activities. Local governments may declare a "Local State of Emergency".
Level 5 - PECC Response (Major Disaster) A region-wide disaster that involves widespread damages in addition to disruption of services, requiring additional support and resources from Federal Government and/or other Provinces. A "Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre" will be activated and the Attorney General may declare a "State of Emergency".