The County has an active Emergency Plan, which is tested on a regular basis. In accordance with Emergency Management Act, the County has achieved the Essential Community Emergency Program Level. The four key components of emergency management are: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
The County will continue to work to achieve the Enhanced and Comprehensive Program Levels consistent with the legislation. An emergency is a situation or impending situation caused by the forces of nature, an accident, an intentential act or otherwise that constitutes a danger of major proportions to life or property.
Emergency response begins with you, the individual, then the community, then the province, then the federal government.
Accessible formats of the Emergency Plan are available upon request. Please contact Jennifer Cowan, Accessibility Coordinator to make arrangements. Phone: 519-631-1460 x 167
Elgin-St. Thomas Paramedics are employed by Medavie EMS Elgin Ontario who are contracted by the County of Elgin to deliver Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services. In Elgin County, Medavie EMS currently operates 2 stations in St. Thomas, as well as stations in Aylmer, Rodney and Dutton.
For more information visit:
Elgin County Emergency Response Plan
Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness
Canadian Red Cross
Emergency Management Act
Federal Emergency Management Association
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Elgin St.Thomas Public Health Unit
It is quick and easy to become prepared to face a range of emergencies any time anywhere. The basic steps outlines below will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.
During an emergency, weather warnings and, updates about an emergency event or other information relating to an emergency may be broadcast via local Radio and TV stations. It is very important to have a portable battery powered radio and a fresh supply of batteries on hand in case the power goes out.
Most likely types of emergencies that can occur in Elgin County:
- Snow/ice storms and windstorms
- Transportation accident
- Hazardous materials incident
- Water emergency (quality)
- Drought/extreme temperatures
If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, and food for your pets.
Community Emergency Management Coordinator:
Phone: 519-631-1460 ext.121