Emergency Measures Organization (EMO)

 Estevan Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) first priority is the safety and preservation of life. The second priority is the protection of public, city owned, and privately owned properties.  And the third priority is to quickly bring the situation under control, disrupt as few services as possible, and to restore the City to normal as quickly and safely as possible.

Since emergencies will occur, preplanning is necessary.  The aim of an emergency plan is to reduce the risk to life and health the residents may face and to reduce the damage to property that often results from an emergency. An urgent need for rapid decisions, shortage of time, and lack of resources and trained personnel can lead to chaos during an emergency.  Time and circumstances in an emergency means that normal channels of authority and communication cannot be relied upon to function routinely. An emergency plan specifies procedures for handling sudden or unexpected situations. The objective is to be prepared to:

  • Prevent fatalities and injuries
  • Reduce damage to buildings, stock, and equipment
  • Protect the environment and the community
  • Accelerate the resumption of normal operations

The EMO team consisting of Emergency Services and a wide range of agencies work together to provide a coordinated response when an emergency situation arises in our city, such as severe weather, a train derailment, dangerous goods spill, a pandemic. City of Estevan’s Emergency Measures Organization Coordinator works with those agencies to ensure our community is ready to respond in the event of a major emergency or disaster.

It’s very important that businesses and households develop their own emergency plans. Our Citizen’s Emergency Quick Reference Guide has tips for you and your family. The emergency plan enables the City to activate an Emergency Operations Centre that will:

  • assist emergency personnel to respond quickly and effectively to potential disasters such as  major storms, chemical spills, floods, train derailments or tornados.
  • provide a concentrated assessment and decision-making body that can best utilize all available resources, and if necessary, resources from the Provincial and/or Federal Governments.
  • prioritize recovery goals and objectives.
  • maintain City services to the unaffected portion of the city when able.

Representatives from the EMO team meet regularly to update and review the plan as well as training and exercising to ensure we are capable of responding  to major emergencies of all sizes.  We are in the process of updating our mutual agreements with our surrounding neighbor communities, R.M’s. and Villages to allow us to assist each other in the event of a major disaster. Another component of the team includes public education programs. Each year during Emergency Preparedness Week, Grade 3 school presentations are conducted in schools by Estevan Fire Service, Red Cross and Estevan’s EMO Coordinator to ensure students Know the Risks, Make a Plan, Create an Emergency Kit.

  • Amateur Radio Operators
  • Emergency Social Services
  • Reception Centre Manager
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Estevan Boundary Lodge, Camp Services
  • RM of Estevan
  • City of Estevan Airport
  • Estevan Comprehensive School
  • Salvation Army
  • City of Estevan Engineering Services
  • Estevan Fire Rescue Service
  • Saskatchewan Emergency Manager & Fire Safety
  • City of Estevan Manager
  • Estevan Police Service
  • SaskEnergy
  • City of Estevan Public Works
  • Human Resources
  • SaskPower
  • City of Estevan Waste and Water Treatment Manager
  • Joseph’s Hospital Services
  • SaskPower Emergency Response Team
  • City of Estevan, City Clerk
  • Mental Health
  • SaskTel
  • City of Estevan, Mayor
  • Ministerial Services
  • Scribe
  • City of Estevan, Stores Department
  • Ministry of Highways
  • Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Public Information Offices
  • Support Personnel – Mapping
  • Emergency Planning Coordinator
  • RCMP
  • Water Security Agency

(L-R): Deputy Police Chief Murray Cowan, SaskEnergy Rod Mack, EMO Coordinator Helen Fornwald, Fire Chief Dale Feser , Water Treatment Plant Manager Kevin Sutter, Public Information Offices Sherri Waldegger, City of Estevan Glenys Baerg, City of Estevan Aaron Haygarth, RM of Estevan Kerri Abraham, RM of Estevan Administrator Michelle Dickie, RCMP Jeff Clarke, SaskPower Kelly Perkins, Scribe Rhonda Gillespie, Deputy Fire Chief Rick Davies, Roads and Drainage Manager Norm Mack, St. Josephs Hospital Tara Daoust, Amateur Radio Blair Mowchenko, City of Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig, Reception Centre Manager Erin Wilson, City Engineer Kiflom Weldeab, Water Security Agency Paul Mwale, Emergency Management Fire Safety Ryan Norton  and Estevan Police Chief Paul Ladouceur.

MISSING: Emergency Management Services Gene Stephany, City Manager Jeff Ward, Alternate Director of Emergency Operations Judy Pilloud, Mental Health Marlene Salmers, Human Resources Sharon Carlson, City of Estevan April Sandhoff, Amateur Radio Marvin Paulson, SaskTel Kelly Hudym, SaskTel Colin Kaip, Southeast Regional Airport Richard Reetz, Salvation Army Ronza Reynard, Salvation Army Heather and Wilf Harbin, Canadian Red Cross Melanie Horton and Estevan Comprehensive School Bright Wright

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