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Brockton Has A New Emergency Plan

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Plan deals with things like floods, storms, epidemics, terrorism and civil disorder.

Brockton has a new Emergency Response Plan.

The new Emergency Response Plan defines how Brockton will plan, prepare for and deal with an emergency situation where the emergency is of a scale or magnitude that presents a significant threat to the community.

This includes everything from ice storms, floods and tornadoes to nuclear emergencies, flu pandemics, foreign animal diseases and even terrorism or civil disorder.

Community Emergency Management Coordinator David Smith says the ERP plan takes on a new hierarchical structure making it distinct and superior to previous plans.

Senior staff have been assigned new roles and responsibilities and the ERP incorporates the universal Incident Management System principles and framework.

This is the same framework that is being proposed for adoption in the municipalities of South Bruce and Arran-Elderslie.

By adopting a similar ERP framework to its neighbours, Smith says Brockton will be able to leverage resources, not just equipment but also personnel to assist municipal staff in delivering a level of response to a major emergency.

Smith, says these partnership agreements will make the plan more pragmatic.

As a next step Brockton, South Bruce and Arran-Elderslie will need to come up with an agreement about the sharing of municipal resources in the event of a major emergency.

Smith adds yearly table top exercises will take place to keep staff on their toes, as well annual emergency training will be required for staff and council each year.

The ERP also contains a public education component to keep residents informed through pamphlets, the Municipal website, presentations and school outreach programs.

All in all, Smith says Brockton's new Emergency Response Plan is a living document that will be continued to updated and tweaked as need be.

He calls the plan state of the art, as it follows learned lessons from all over the world.

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