Emergency Management

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What is Emergency Management?

Emergency Management is a community-wide effort to managing public safety during large scale emergencies and disasters.
 
This is done through an organized and structured effort to address:
  • Mitigation – managing or removing the things that create a hazard
  • Preparedness – being ready for an emergency when it happens
  • Response – working to protect life, property and the environment when an emergency occurs
  • Recovery – repairing the damage, learning from what happened, and making improvements

Emergency Management involves everyone in Springfield – citizens, families, first responders, municipal government, community groups, the provincial government, and community organizations. Everyone has a role to play before, during, and after an emergency.

If a major emergency occurs in Springfield, it will involve a team effort to ensure the most critical needs are met. Our Emergency Management program is based on a team approach. Our approach is to bring community partners together so we make use of all available resources, and make decisions that respond to the most important priorities.

For more information on Springfield’s Emergency Management Program, please contact Brock Holowachuk, Emergency Operations Manager – Springfield Fire and Rescue Service, at bholowachuk@rmofspringfield.ca, or 204 803 2927.

How can I be ready?

During the initial hours of any major emergency, the RM of Springfield’s resources will be focused on re-establishing critical services and in providing care to those in urgent need. If your household has the supplies on hand to take care of yourself for 72 hours, we will be able to respond to those urgent needs. It will also give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re ready.

Develop an emergency plan for you and your family:
  • Discuss and plan what each person will do in various situations.
  • Pick two meeting places:
    • One meeting place should be near your home or business in case of a local sudden emergency, like a fire.
    • A second meeting place should be chosen so that people will meet if they cannot return to your home or business.
  • Make sure everyone knows the addresses and phone numbers of your meeting places.
  • Arrange for a Family Contact that lives outside of Springfield. Family members can phone the contact and leave information about where they are. This will help to keep everyone aware of the situation.
  • Have your Emergency Kit prepared and store it in a convenient place known to all family members.
 
Record this information and keep it in a safe place available to everyone.

Emergency Preparedness Supplies

In an emergency, time to react is often short. This checklist will help you assess what is needed by you and your family, and to have those things organized and ready if needed.

Water

2 litres per person per day for drinking and 2 litres per person per day for cooking and sanitation

Water Storage:
  • Use clean, food-safe containers with lids. Store in a cool dark place. Change water every six months.
  • Purify by boiling at a rolling boil for 10 minutes just prior to use or use one drop of household (5% sodium hypochlorite) unscented chlorine bleach per litre of water, mix and let it sit for one half hour.
 
Additional sources of water:
  • Hot water tank - make sure the heat source is off
  • Water from pipes, if draining to prevent freezing
  • If given warning, fill the bathtub, sinks, pails and other containers

Food:
  • Much of the food for your 72 hour kit should be non-perishable, but plan on using your frozen and refrigerated foods first. Write an emergency menu to plan what to have at each meal and snack time. The following can be stored without refrigeration:
  • oatmeal, pasta, flour, rice, beans, sugar, spices, vegetable oil
  • canned foods - meats, fish, stews, beans, vegetables, juices, puddings, fruits, milk, soup, nuts, jam, jelly, peanut butter, honey
  • ready to eat cereal, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • comfort foods - cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, chocolate, tea, cocoa, instant coffee, dehydrated soups
  • special food - baby food, vitamins
 
 
Also keep in store paper plates, cups, cutlery, manual can opener and a pocket knife.

Alternate cooking source with adequate fuel:
  • Propane camp stoves, propane barbecues, and camp fuel camp stoves are great alternatives for cooking. These devices must only be used outdoors.
  • Matches, lighter

Lighting:
  • Fuel-burning lantern or candles, flashlights and batteries, battery charger with generator or solar power, matches, lighter
  • Ensure that any light sources involving a flame are used only by adults, and carefully supervised at all times. Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher close by.

Heating:
  • Propane heater, camp fuel heater, wood stove, electric heater with generator
  • Matches, lighter

Use great care with equipment that burns fuels. Many appliances generate dangerous levels of carbon monoxide very quickly. Adequate fresh air must enter the area where the appliance is used. Check each appliance / manufacturer for fresh air ventilation requirements. Barbecues, stoves and fuel must be used and stored outside.

Propane heaters, stoves and barbecues use approximately 8 ounces (226 g) of propane per hour for every 10,000 BTUs produced. Propane lanterns use approximately 1 ounce (28 g) of fuel every hour they run. Camp fuel stoves use approximately 10 ounces (300 ml) of fuel per burner per hour. Camp fuel lanterns use approximately 3 ounces (90 ml) of fuel every hour they run.

Medical and First Aid:
  • First aid kit - Basic First Aid knowledge / training
  • Verify prescriptions are correct and have adequate supply (for 3 days)
  • Contact lenses/supplies, spare eye glasses
  • Battery operated smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Planned escape route from the building
 
Communication:
  • Radio & batteries for one week playing, or wind-up radio
  • Cellular telephone, pager (use phone communication for emergencies only)
  • A whistle

Hygiene:
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Dish detergent
  • Deodorant
  • Garbage container
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Tissue and hand wipes
  • Baby hygiene items
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Room deodorizer
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Bags for pet waste
  • Portable toilet
  • Diapers / Bags for toilet waste
 
Personal records:

If you need to evacuate, a copy of personal information will be helpful.
  • Driver's Licenses
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth Certificates
  • Passports
  • A small amount of cash

Entertainment:
  • Playing cards
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Crayons
  • Paper
  • Books
 
Neighbours:
  • Arrange to share cooking, information and transportation
  • Check on them if there are no signs of activity at their home

Pets:
  • Extra food
  • Shelter
  • Water
  • Vaccination records
  • Licenses

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the RM of Springfield have plans to respond to emergencies and disasters?
 
Yes. Springfield has an Emergency Management Plan to coordinate the activities of all agencies that will be involved in the response to a major civil emergency. The Plan takes a flexible, adaptable ‘all hazard’ approach that allows officials to assess the emergency, determine priorities, and make plans for coordinated action.
 
If an emergency situation threatens to exceed the capability of the regular municipal emergency services, the Emergency Management Plan is activated. When required, Springfield’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is activated to co-ordinate and manage emergency response activities. If municipal resources are overwhelmed and outside assistance is required, the EOC can request support from the provincial government via Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization.

Springfield has an assigned Emergency Operations Manager, who provides advice and support, directs planning, delivers public education, and manages public information in a major emergency or disaster. Regular training and exercises are conducted to ensure that those involved with an emergency response are clear on their responsibilities and ready to activate the plan when required.
 
During an emergency, will Springfield continue to provide regular services, such as snow clearning, garbage pick-up and emergency services?

Every emergency incident is unique, and requires differing levels of response. The impact on municipal services will vary according to the nature, severity and duration of an emergency event or disaster. Springfield residents will be advised of changes to normal service by the municipality.

What is a State of Local Emergency?

Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Act requires the RM of Springfield to establish emergency preparedness plans and programs and to implement those plans when an emergency or disaster exists or appears imminent. A State of Local Emergency can be declared in such a situation, giving local authorities the power for 14 days to take action to prevent or limit the loss of life and damage to property or the environment.
 
Why does the municipality have to declare a State of Local Emergency?
  • Declaring a State of Local Emergency is required only if additional powers are needed by local officials in responding to an emergency.
  • Upon the declaration of, and during a state of local emergency, the municipality may issue an order to any party to do everything necessary to prevent or limit loss of life and damage to property or the environment, including:
    • implement emergency plans
    • utilize any real or personal property considered necessary to prevent, combat or alleviate the effects of any emergency or disaster
    • authorize or require any qualified person to render aid of such type as that person may be qualified to provide
    • control, permit or prohibit travel to or from any area or on any road, street or highway
    • cause the evacuation of persons and the removal of livestock and personal property and make arrangements for the adequate care and protection thereof
    • control or prevent the movement of people and the removal of livestock from any designated area that may have a contaminating disease
    • authorize the entry into any building, or upon any land without warrant
    • cause the demolition or removal of any trees, structure or crops in order to prevent, combat or alleviate the effects of an emergency or a disaster
    • authorize the procurement and distribution of essential resources and the provision of essential services
    • regulate the distribution and availability of essential goods, services and resources
    • provide for the restoration of essential facilities, the distribution of essential supplies and the maintenance and co-ordination of emergency medical, social and other essential services
    • expend such sums as are necessary to pay expenses caused by the emergency.
Will there be money for homeowners/businesses to recover from the disaster?
 
The first source of recovery assistance should be insurance policies. If non-insurable losses are encountered, financial assistance may be available. Please record your losses and report them to the municipality, and we will let you know if financial assistance will be available.

How can I find out what’s going on?
 
Springfield’s Emergency Management Plan includes plans for public information. Residents will be informed about emergency conditions through this website, direct delivery of messages, or through local media. Some of these lines of communication may not be possible if there is a loss of electrical power. Please consider adding a battery powered radio into your 72 hour kit so you can learn what’s happening during a power outage.
 
How can I help?
  • If you would like more information on emergency preparedness, please contact Brock Holowachuk, Emergency Operations Manager, at bholowachuk@rmofspringfield.ca or 204 803 2927.
  • Anyone wanting to volunteer in an emergency can phone the RM of Springfield’s general office line at 204 444 3321, when activated.