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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