Disasters come in many forms. In our community we are lakefront, have a large river, one of the areas major road links, we're close to a nuclear facility and we are affected by normal Canadian weather. Identified community risks are Critical Infrastructure Failures, Hazardous Materials Releases and Severe Storms including windstorms, snowstorm / blizzards and lightning storms. As a result we could be subject to a chemical release from a transportation accident or a long term hydro outage caused by an ice storm.
For most people, the possibility of being involved in a disaster may seem remote. The Federal and Provincial governments clearly state that each individual is responsible for his or her safety, and the well-being of their family. It is suggested that you have on hand sufficient supplies for a seventy-two hour period. Knowing what to do in an emergency can help you better control the situation and be in a position to recover faster.
The Town of Saugeen Shores has been involved in emergency planning for years and is prepared to meet the challenges posed by disasters. In partnership with local first responders, health organizations, social services, utilities and volunteer groups, the Town constantly strives to improve its level of preparedness.
The Town has an Emergency Plan which has been formally adopted by Saugeen Shores Council. Its emergency management initiatives are overseen by the Emergency Control Group.
This group is made up of the following individuals:
Town of Saugeen Shores Mayor - Mike Smith
Town of Saugeen Shores CAO - Lawrence Allison
Town of Saugeen Shores Fire Chief - Phil Eagleson
Town of Saugeen Shores Director of Public Works - Stuart Doyle
Town of Saugeen Shores Police Chief - Dan Rivett
Bruce County Social Services - Terry Sanderson
Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health - Dr. Hazel Lynn
Bruce County EMS Administrator - Doug Smith
The Emergency Control Group is responsible for emergency management issues. These would include mitigation, planning, response and recovery. This group would also deal with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada if the situation warranted.
The Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Saugeen Shores is Fire Chief Phil Eagleson. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (519) 389-6120. Phil Eagleson is responsible for the Town of Saugeen Shores Emergency Management Program.
Currently many initiatives are being undertaken. Some are planning, training, public education and mitigation strategies.
Included in this site is the Town of Saugeen Shores basic emergency plan which lists the main responsibilities of those involved in emergency response. We have also included a detailed (downloadable) Guide to Family Emergency Preparedness. Should you wish to conduct further research on your own we have included a number of links for your use.
Family Emergency Preparedness Guide
Evacuation and Sheltering in place
Deliberate Human Caused Hazards