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Descriptive text companion for the Provincial Emergency Response Plan 2019

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT COMPANION FOR THE PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN 2019

Descriptive text companion for the Provincial Emergency Response Plan 2019

Figure 2-1: EM document hierarchy

Figure 2-1. See below for descriptive text.

The hierarchy of EM documents is best understood in a top-down approach. At the top is the EM Doctrine, which lays out the high-level concepts and principles for EM programs.

Selected concepts and principles from the EM Doctrine are included in Ontario’s primary emergency management legislation: the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, along with its associated regulations and orders in council.

The legislation sets the minimum requirements and standards for EM programs. Based on the legislation, organizations develop their own directives and policies that must be followed.

Directives and policies, together with the legislation, form the requirements that an EM program must follow. Supporting these requirements are voluntary program components, including voluntary standards, guidelines, and recommended practices.

Together, mandatory requirements and voluntary program requirements are used to inform the plans, activities, and systems of emergency management organizations. The PERP is one of these plans.

Finally, plans are used to inform the procedures that are used during an emergency.

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Return to Figure 2-1 in Provincial Emergency Response Plan.

Figure 2-2: Ontario’s emergency plans structure and relationships

The Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan is required by the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the EMCPA). Under the EMCPA, the Ontario Regulation (O.Reg) 380/04 sets the standards for Ministry and Municipal emergency programs, including basic requirements for emergency plans. Additionally Order in Council 1157/2009 assigns planning responsibilities to the ministries for specific types of hazards.

The Provincial Emergency Response Plan is required by the Order in Council 1157/2009, made pursuant to the EMCPA.

Pursuant to Section 8 of the EMCPA, the Solicitor General can make any other emergency plans as they deem necessary. These plans receive coordination guidance from the Provincial Emergency Response Plan.

Ministries’ emergency plans follow requirements set under the EMCPA and the O.Reg. 380/04. They are also responsible to make plans for types of emergency assigned under OIC 1157/2009. Ministry emergency plans receive coordination guidance from the Provincial Emergency Response Plan.

Similar to ministry plans, municipal plans follow requirements set under the EMCPA and the O.Reg. 380/04. These plans receive coordination guidance from the Provincial Emergency Response Plan. They also receive some response guidance from ministry plans for specific types of emergency, where applicable.

First Nations may have their own emergency plans, though they are not subject to the EMCPA. Where they have plans, they may receive coordination guidance from the Provincial Emergency Response Plan.

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Return to Figure 2-2 in Provincial Emergency Response Plan.

Fig 4-1: The graduated approach to emergency management

Requests for assistance may be escalated “upward” to other levels of government as necessary. This generally proceeds from an affected individual or organization, to the local government, then the provincial government, and finally the federal government.

Emergency orders and life safety measures may be communicated “downward” to other levels of government and individuals. This occurs where the “higher” level of government has a clear jurisdiction.

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Return to Figure 4-1 in Provincial Emergency Response Plan.

Figure 5-1: Provincial ERO Organizational Chart

The PEOC is at the centre of the response organization during an emergency involving a coordinated provincial response. The PEOC coordinates between provincial authorities (up to and including the premier and cabinet), ministries and provincial organizations, the federal government, and local governments and responders. The PEOC also coordinates with contiguous provinces and states, such as Québec or New York, and other organizations such as NGOs or critical infrastructure owners.

At the provincial level, ministry emergency operations centres provide the primary link between the PEOC and ministry staff, including field staff at Incident Command Posts. Ministries report up to cabinet through their own ministerial lines of reporting.

For municipalities, municipal emergency operations centres act as the primary link between the PEOC and the rest of the municipal organization. Municipalities are also the primary link with volunteer and community organizations that are operating locally.

First nations respond in a similar manner to municipalities, with a designated person or organization providing the primary between the PEOC and other local responders. The unique aspect for First Nations is that they also link directly with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

At the federal level, the primary link between the PEOC and other federal organizations is the Government Operations Centre.

As previously stated, while these connections may represent the primary links in an emergency, involved organizations will make other connections as required by the needs of the emergency.

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Return to Figure 5-1 in Provincial Emergency Response Plan.

Figure 6-3: PEOC Information Products

  • Daily Consolidated Situation Report
    • Produced daily at all activation levels
    • Contains a summary of all potential or actual threats and ongoing emergencies
    • Shared with a wide audience of stakeholders
  • IMS 201 Incident Briefing
    • Produced once at the start of an incident
    • Provides a summary of the emergency event and the initial response
    • Shared with the provincial ERO
  • IMS 209 Incident Status Summary
    • Produced at least once per operational period
    • Provides an update on events since the last information product
    • Shared with the provincial ERO

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Return to Figure 6-3 in Provincial Emergency Response Plan.