Emergency preparedness at Halton Region

Community safety is a high priority for Regional Council.

Halton Region, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton and the Town of Oakville, work together year round with our emergency preparedness partners to plan for and ensure a coordinated response to emergencies. Our goal is to create and maintain an effective emergency preparedness program that provides for the safety and well-being of Halton residents. To this end, in September, Halton Region held two exercises with our partners to test and practice our response capabilities.

Mock Evacuation at Post Inn Village Long-Term Care Home

  • Photo of staff during the Mock Evacuation at Post Inn Village Long-Term Care Home.On September 8, Halton Region’s Services for Seniors Division, Halton Region Emergency Management and the Oakville Fire Department staged a mock evacuation at Post Inn Village Long-Term Care Homethat involved a mock fire drill and a building evacuation using volunteers.
  • The exercise at Post Inn Village, led by Halton Region’s Services for Seniors Division, was held to help ensure that Halton Region’s long-term care homes meet the standards for emergency preparedness required by the Long-Term Care Homes Act 2007. It also supported the efforts of Halton Region’s three long-term care homes – Allendale, Creek Way Village and Post Inn Village – to continue to meet Accreditation Canada standards.

“Exercise Twisted”

Reviewing map of affected area in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre during “Exercise Twisted,” designed to test the Halton Community Emergency Response Plan.
Reviewing map of affected area in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre during “Exercise Twisted,” designed to test the Halton Community Emergency Response Plan.From left to right:

  • Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr;
  • Kassondra Stockman, Halton Region Emergency Management Analyst
  • Greg Sage, Chief/Director of Emergency Medical Services, Halton Region
  • Shayne Mintz, Chief, Burlington Fire Department and Regional Fire Coordinator
  • Superintendent Joe Taylor, Halton Regional Police Service
  • On September 12, Regional Emergency Control Group members participated in “Exercise Twisted” in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The EOC is a command centre used in emergency situations to provide strategic planning and support to officials at an emergency site. In this case, participants responded to a mock emergency, a tornado that “touched down” in Oakville. The exercise was designed to test the Halton Community Emergency Response Plan.
  • The lessons learned from the Post Inn Village mock evacuation were utilized in “Exercise Twisted” by the Regional Emergency Control Group. All teams performed well together and met the standards set.

The exercises were part of ongoing efforts to ensure that the Region is a disaster-resilient community, ready to deal with any potential, imminent or actual emergency.

Halton Region is prepared. Are you? Winter is on its way – so get prepared!  You and your family should have a Family Emergency Survival Kit to cope on your own during a power outage for at least 72 hours.  You can learn more about what to do during a winter storm and other emergency situations by visiting www.halton.ca/beprepared. You can also follow Emergency Management on Twitter @BPreparedHalton for incident updates and preparedness tips.

For more information about Halton’s Emergency Management Program or to download or order Halton’s Personal Emergency Preparedness Guide, visit www.halton.ca/beprepared, dial 311 or 905-825-6000, Toll free 1-866-442-5866 or TTY 905-827-9833.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”