The City of Medicine Hat is no stranger to disasters and can attest to the importance of Emergency Management preparedness and a collaborative, resilient community.
Emergency Management (EM) delivers three fundamental objectives:
- plan for emergencies of scale (disasters)
- respond to disasters
- manage a recovery phase
A resilient community is built through a process of empowering citizens, responders, organizations, communities, and governments to share the responsibility to keep hazards from becoming disasters.
During a disaster, Emergency Management recognizes that it is important to get timely and accurate information to the public. Along with working with the local media and utilizing social media, EM will use Alberta Emergency Alert, as appropriate, to notify the public of impending and current disasters, providing safety instructions and updates on the situation.
In a disaster, first responders in the Region will do whatever they can to protect lives, such as going door-to-door, alerting the media, using Social Media and Alberta Emergency Alert, etc.
Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP)
The MEMP is the governing document that outlines the policy, operations, and roles and responsibilities for the City of Medicine Hat and Emergency Management
The Plan assists in carrying out duties related to the municipal emergency management program to prepare for and respond to disasters. The Director of Emergency Management and Deputies meet with the Emergency Management Agency on a quarterly basis to review, refine and test the plans.
The City of Medicine Hat collaborates with the Town of Redcliff and Cypress County to provide a regionalized structure. This enables the communities to share resources while offering centralized leadership and management to avoid duplication within the geographical area.
The Regional Emergency Management Plan is an annex of the MEMP and contains the governing structure for disasters affecting two or more of our communities.