Emergency Management

Our Emergency Planning

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 intentional 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. 

Lights Out Pamphlet 

Accessible formats of the Emergency Plan are available upon request.  Please contact Sam MacFarlane, Accessibility Coordinator to make arrangements. Phone: 519-631-1460 x 167

Emergency Medical Services

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 Medavie EMS Website

Useful Links:

Emergency Preparedness

If an emergency happens in Elgin County it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

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
– Fire
– Flooding
– Fog
– Erosion
– Transportation accident
– Hazardous materials incident
– Water emergency (quality)
– Drought/extreme temperatures

Make a Basic Emergency Plan and include the following:

Identify emergency exits
Draw a floor plan of your home that shows all possible exits from each room.

Identify safe places
Plan 2 locations where you can meet  outside of your home in an emergency

  1. near home
  2. outside immediate neighbourhood

Set up a list of emergency contacts

Plan for pets

Plan for special health needs

Make an Emergency Kit and include the following:


  • at least 2 litres of water per person per day


  • have good that won’t spoil, such as canned foods, energy bards and dried food (include a can opener)

Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)

Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)

First aid kit

Extra keys to your car and house

Some cash in smaller bills

Copy of your emergency plan

If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, and food for your pets.

Resource Websites/Documents during an Emergency

Government Canada

Get Prepared website


Environment Canada Weather Office

Emergency Kit

72 Hour Emergency Kit

Community Emergency Management Coordinator:
Jeff VanRybroeck

Phone: 519-631-1460