Emergency Preparedness

Policy

Category: Board of Health
Subject: Emergency Preparedness
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.45.01.301
Effective Date: September 7, 2016

POLICY STATEMENT

The Board of Health (BOH) for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) shall ensure a consistent and effective response to both internal and external emergencies including those with public health significance.

Specifically, the BOH will ensure compliance with the Ontario Public Health Standards and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Protocol providing stewardship to ensure the following areas are effectively managed:

  • Maintenance of current and relevant mechanisms to support the continuation and restoration of time-critical services in the event of disruption; and
  • The existence of and effective emergency response capability with clearly defined responsibilities in an emergency.

SCOPE

This policy applies to all WDGPH employees responsible for aspects of the Emergency Preparedness program.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Corresponding Procedure:  CA.45.02.301 Emergency Preparedness
Ontario Public Health Standards
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Protocol

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES

Chair of the Board of Health

APPROVED BY

Chair of the Board of Health 


Procedure

Category: Board of Health
Subject: Emergency Preparedness
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.45.02.301
Effective Date: September 7, 2016

PROCEDURE

This procedure will address the following goals/objectives in the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS):

  • Emergency Preparedness.

The Board of Health (BOH) for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) shall ensure the Medical Officer of Health/CEO has confirmed the development and implementation of an Emergency Preparedness program for WDGPH.

This program shall include but is not limited to:

  • Confirmation that an incident utilizing in whole or in part, the continuity of operations plan, emergency response plan, and 24/7 notification procedures;
  • Confirmation of the provision of emergency preparedness and response education and training for WDGPH staff; and
  • Lessons learned from post-incident debrief session with action plans for improvement.

A report will be provided to the BOH each year.  The report will provide an overview of the work completed to meet the Emergency Preparedness requirements of the OPHS.

RESPONSIBILITIES

BOH Members will:
•     Review information regarding the administration of the Agency’s emergency preparedness program to ensure that programs and functions are compliant and meeting the OPHS.

MOH/CEO and Senior Staff will:
•     Provide reports to the BOH as outlined in policy and/or procedure to enable the BOH to fulfill its stewardship function; and
•     Modify programs and services accordingly based on feedback from the BOH to enhance effectiveness and/or efficiency.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Corresponding Policy:  CA.45.01.301 Emergency Preparedness
Ontario Public Health Standards and Protocols 

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES

Director, Administrative Services

APPROVED BY

Chair of the Board of Health