Municipal Responsibilities and Powers
The Emergency Management Act mandates each municipality in Alberta to prepare for potential emergencies and disasters, and to respond appropriately to these situations. Municipal responsibilities include:
establishing an emergency advisory committee of council. Elected officials oversee the emergency management program.
appointing a director of the emergency management agency. The Director of Emergency Management (DEM) administers the emergency program.
establishing an emergency management agency of key response organizations to advise the DEM and act as the agent of the local authority.
preparing and approving a municipal emergency plan and program
direction and control of the local authority’s emergency response.
The Emergency Management Act also makes provision for local authorities to declare a state of local emergency. Chapter 6 provides more detailed information on municipal responsibilities and the declaration of a state of local emergency.
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