In order to protect residents, businesses and visitors, the municipality requires a coordinated emergency response by a number of agencies under the direction of the Emergency Control Group (ECG). These are distinct arrangements and procedures from the normal, day-to-day operations carried out by emergency services.
The Emergency Management Program Committee of the Township of Dawn-Euphemia developed an emergency response plan. Every official, municipal department and agency listed in the emergency response plan must be prepared to carry out assigned responsibilities in an emergency. The emergency response plan has been prepared to provide key officials, agencies and departments important emergency management information related to:
- Arrangements, services and equipment
- Roles and responsibilities during an emergency
For the Emergency Response Plan to be effective, all participating agencies and departments must be familiar with its provisions and procedures. The information contained within the plan is reviewed, tested and maintained on a regular schedule in order for it to remain effective, appropriate, and up-to-date as municipal officials, corporate structures and the nature of emergencies change over time.
It is important that residents and businesses be made aware of the plans provisions. Copies of the Township of Dawn-Euphemia Emergency Response Plan may be viewed here or at the municipal office.
The County of Lambton has a substantial emergency response capability in terms of equipment and manpower and will provide assistance to local municipalities in the event of an emergency.
The County of Lambton will provide assistance based on the needs of the Township. Assistance may range from the provision of a single piece of equipment to direct co-ordination of all emergency response between the County of Lambton and the Township of Dawn-Euphemia.
The County of Lambton has partnered with 211 Ontario for that agency to answer telephone calls from residents seeking information during major emergencies. Calling 211 during an emergency will provide residents with accurate information and instructions from municipal and emergency officials. 211 Ontario operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, providing service in 175 languages.
My Community Notification Network (MyCNN)
Effective public alerting poses a significant challenge for many communities. Large, sparsely populated communities like Dawn-Euphemia cannot feasibly be served by traditional siren systems.
Communication technology has developed rapidly in recent years, changing the way people receive, gather and share information. My Community Notification Network (MyCNN) is the name of a local alerting system that contacts residents using multiple communications methods of their choice such as telephone, cell phone, email and text messaging. MyCNN reaches people using the communication devices they have in their home and carry on their person.
All contacts in the MyCNN database will receive telephone alerts to their residence or place of business for the following incidents affecting their area:
· Tornado Warnings issued by Environment Canada
· Drinking Water Emergencies (e.g. Boil Water Advisories/Orders)
· Shelter-in-place Advisories
· Evacuation Advisories
Subscribers to MyCNN have to option to choose to receive alerts through additional contact methods and for non-emergency notifications about events that affect their neighbourhood, their home, workplace, school and more. Subscribers manage their own accounts and can deactivate their subscription at any time. There is no cost to subscribe to MyCNN and all residents are strongly encouraged to subscribe.
The local CAER organization funded the purchase of the service developed by Everbridge Inc., and has made the system available free of charge to all Lambton County municipalities to use for their local public alerting.
In order to receive MyCNN notifications, residents are encouraged to visit the CAER website (www.caer.ca) and create an account.
Boil Water Advisories
In the event of a boil water advisory please click on the boil advisory link for information on how to properly respond to a boil water advisory.
Donna Clermont, Administrator-Clerk
Jay van Klinken, Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC), County of Lambton