Winter scene with ice covered treesEmergency Response

Often, disasters seem unlikely – they always seem to happen elsewhere. At anytime however, in any community, a natural or human-caused disaster may occur. This would result in a large scale, coordinated response.

Depending on the nature and scale of the event, the Mayor of the affected municipality (or the Premier of Ontario) may declare an emergency. This would enact the Municipal Emergency Response Plan developed by the affected municipality.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has a public Emergency Response Plan that can be accessed by clicking the link to the right of the page "Emergency Response Plan 2017". A printed copy of the plan can be viewed at the Civic Centre, any Municipal Service Centre or Library Branch. Accessible formats availably by request by contacting 519.436.3270 or

Types of Emergencies

The most likely types of emergencies that can occur within the Municipality of Chatham- Kent include:

  • Tornadoes

  • Floods

  • Major Structural Fires

  • Road Transportation Accidents/Hazardous Materials

  • Electrical Power Outage

  • Drinking Water System Failures

  • Pandemic

The contact number for the Community Emergency Management Coordinator is 519.360.1998, or can be emailed at The Coordinator can be contacted regarding any questions related to emergencies or emergency management.

Local Radio Stations

In the event of an emergency, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent recommends you obtain further information from this web site or by listening to the local radio stations.

For up to date information you may tune into:

  • CFCO AM-630

  • CKSY FM- 94.3

  • CKUE FM- 95.1

  • CKSX FM- 99.1

Community Control Group

When the Emergency Response Plan activates, the Community Control Group is the group that coordinates the municipal activities.

In Chatham-Kent, members of this group include:

  • The Mayor or designated alternate Head of Council,

  • C.A.O., acting as the CCG Chair,

  • Fire Paramedic Chief,

  • Police Chief,

  • Chief Medical Officer of Health/ or designate (Director of Public Health),

  • Chief Legal Officer,

  • Chief, HROD,

  • Chief Financial Officer,

  • General Manager, Health & Family Services,

  • General Manager, Infrastructure & Engineering Services,

  • General Manager, Community Development,

  • General Manager, PUC,

  • C.E.O., Entegrus.

The Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) acts as the EOC Facilitator and coordinates activities in the EOC.

The Emergency Information Officer (EIO) works with Incident Command, the CEMC, and the CCG Chair to disseminate information to the public and to monitor media reports concerning the incident.

This group meets at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).The Centre is equipped with various mapping and communication technologies to ensure the required information for the Community Control Group is available.

At the disaster site, an "Emergency Site Manager/Incident Commander" is in charge of coordinating resources and developing actions to resolve the emergency situation. The Emergency Site Manager is usually the ranking emergency service personnel on the scene (depending on the nature of the emergency). This could be a member of the Chatham-Kent Police or Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services Department.

You can also play a part in emergency preparedness by having a 72-hour safety kit for each member of your family. Learn about the potential risks and hazards in your community and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency, should disaster strike.