The following are excerpts from the Windsor/West Hants Emergency Response Plan.
Windsor/West Hants recognizes its responsibility to plan for peace time emergencies that may endanger lives, property or the environment. The communities must be prepared, to the extent of our resources, to meet any threat that may arise, such as emergencies or disasters. Mutual aid agreements have been negotiated with the: Town of Hantsport, Municipality of Chester, Municipality of the County of Kings, and Municipality of the District of East Hants.
Emergency means a present or imminent event in respect of which the Municipalities believe prompt co-ordination of action or regulation of persons or property must be undertaken to protect property or the health, safety or welfare of the people of Windsor/West Hants.
Disaster, a real or anticipated occurrence such as disease, pestilence, fire, flood, tempest, explosion, enemy attack, sabotage, or release of any commodity which endangers health, safety; and the welfare of the population, property or the environment.
Emergency Management Plan, any plan, program of procedure prepared by Windsor\West Hants which aims (1) to mitigate the effects of an emergency or disaster, and (2) to safeguard the health or welfare of the population and to protect property and the environment, in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Direction and Control
The Warden of the Municipality of the District of West Hants and /or the the Mayor of the Town of Windsor, or their respective deputies are ultimately responsible for the control of all the operations mentioned in this plan.
In Windsor /West Hants day to day incidents are handled by either Fire, Police, or Health services.
If the size, potential hazard, or seriousness of the emergency or disaster appears beyond the capacity or responsibility of the responding agency, then the responding agency may request the activation of the emergency plan.
It is intended that the Municipal unit in which the event first occurs, will be contacted. The plan may be implemented if full or in part.
Upon activation of the emergency plan, the Emergency Operations Centre Director will appoint an agency to manage the emergency site(s), based on the agency that is most likely to have the greatest involvement or legal responsibility on the handling of the emergency or disaster.
If the magnitude of the emergency or disaster requires actions beyond normal procedures, then the Emergency Operations Group may advise the Mayor/Warden, or alternates, that a state of local emergency should be declared in accordance with the State of Emergency Regulations made pursuant to the "Emergency Management Act of Nova Scotia"
If the implementation of all actions contained in Windsor /West Hants emergency plan is insufficient to control the emergency or disaster, assistance may be requested from the Provincial Emergency Management Organization, the request is to be made through the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Organization, Western Zone Controller.
Call to Action
Should an event occur which in the opinion of the Senior Officer present, presents a risk to all or part of a community they shall alert the Windsor/ West Hants Emergency Management Organization by initiating the following call out procedure.
Call priority is top to bottom, then left to right.
Executive and Senior Administrative staff members contacted will decide on level of call out procedure, depending on nature and extent of emergency.
After initial contact has been made the member is to proceed to the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), unless otherwise instructed, and initiate the Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) for their agency.
If a designated individual on the "Call To Action" chart cannot be reached, the caller must inform the EOC Director upon arrival at the EOC.
For each position on the chart the incumbent, their alternate and their current phone number are to be listed on the Emergency Phone Numbers List.
Stages of Alert
If it is officially decided that the incident should be handled through the EOC, then one of two stages of alert are adopted.
Full Alert:- All personnel are notified of the emergency via the Call To Action chart
Partial Alert:- Only personnel required to handle the incident are called to the EOC. Others may be placed on standby.
Once alerted, the Heads of Services meant to be at the EOC must go there immediately and report to the Director or Deputy Director. Heads of Services whose place of duty lies elsewhere must send a representative to the EOC. The representative then reports to the Director or Deputy Director.
Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
All disaster/emergency operations will be controlled and coordinated from the EOC, usually located on the lower level of the Municipal Complex at:
76 Morison Drive, Windsor/West Hants Industrial Park
This also applies to a response for assistance from neighbouring municipal units.
An alternative location for the EOC will be at the EMO centre located on the upper level of the Town of Windsor Administrative Building at 100 King Street, Windsor.
A third EOC location will be named when and if necessary.
Emergency Operations Control Group
The Emergency Operations Control Group for Windsor/West Hants shall be formed by the following personnel or their alternates.
Town Administrator/ Municipal Clerk Emergency Measures Coordinator Director of Community Services Director of Public Works Public Information Officer Communications Officer Transportation Officer Medical Health Officer Police Officer Fire Officer
The Emergency Operations Control Group will assemble at the Emergency Operations Centre located on the lower level of the Municipal Complex, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor/West Hants Industrial Park.
The Director for the Emergency Operation Centre during an emergency or disaster will be the Town Administrator/Municipal Clerk or their alternates.