March 28th, 2015

Your Emergency Measures Organization – Who are we and what do we do?

The Emergency Measures Organization in Grand Bay-Westfield is a group of people whose primary responsibility is to co-ordinate and implement appropriate actions in response to emergencies which are natural or man-made. The EMO always includes the fire chief, the town works commissioner, and representatives from the town council, the local detachment of the RCMP, and Ambulance NB,. All other members of the EMO are volunteers. Those of us who have volunteered to serve on the EMO have been approved by the Mayor and Council and have undergone training provided by the provincial EMO. Your local EMO works closely with the Red Cross, NB Power, the provincial EMO, and the town manager. Any actions on the part of the EMO are taken in close consultation with the Mayor and Council.

Since its inception in the early 1990’s, the EMO has developed plans of action to respond to a number of potential emergencies which can and have affected our community, e.g. Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Forest Fires, Pandemic Illness. The primary responsibilities of the EMO are:

  • Public education on how to be adequately prepared for an emergency

  • Co-ordination of response to emergencies in the community

  • Dissemination of information to residents before, during, and following an emergency

  • Identification of potential risks

  • Liaison with community partners such as Red Cross. Provincial EMO, RCMP

In the event of an emergency that calls for a co-ordinated response, such as we had in the spring flood of 2008, or the ice storm of December 2013, the EMO would be responsible for setting up the Emergency Operations Centre, linking with the Red Cross to set up emergency shelters, helping to evacuate residents if needed, and keeping the public informed as the situation unfolds.

The EMO meets once per month for ongoing training.

If you are interested in getting involved with the EMO, please contact Town Manager, Sandra Gautreau at 738-6420.