As a crisis expands beyond individual capability, it becomes the responsibility of the local (municipal) government. The Emergency Management Act requires Alberta municipalities to have an emergency plan and program. Section 11(a) states:

“The local authority of each municipality shall, at all times, be responsible for the direction and control of the local authority’s emergency response unless the Government assumes direction and control …” 

To date, there has not been a situation in which it was necessary for the Government of Alberta to assume direction and control of an emergency response.

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