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Oxford County Emergency Response Plan

Ontario is a safe place to live and work, but emergencies can happen anywhere and at anytime.

At the government level, all municipalities and provincial ministries are required to have an emergency management program. The requirements for these programs are set out in the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Emergency Management Ontario supports municipalities and ministries in implementing their programs by providing them with advice, assistance, guidelines, training, and other tools.

Emergency planning for your community

There are eight municipalities within the County of Oxford, with each municipality having the responsibility to make provision for the extraordinary arrangements and measures that may have to be taken to safeguard property and the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Municipality when faced with a local emergency.

In the event of a larger incident, the head of council may decide to declare an emergency and assemble local officials at the municipal Emergency Operations Centre. This approach ensures a coordinated and effective strategic response. 

During any kind of community emergency, the County of Oxford’s website will be updated to provide current information about the ongoing event. Information may also be obtained by telephoning emergency information lines which will be activated during an emergency.

Oxford County's Emergency Plan is designed to:

  • protect and preserve life and property to the residents and visitors of Oxford County;
  • assist the Municipality in an emergency;
  • minimize the effects of the emergency on the County of Oxford; and
  • restore essential services.

 Read the Oxford County Emergency Plan.

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Oxford County is taking steps to support our community's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and measures taken by Southwestern Public Health. We are monitoring our operations daily to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our residents, employees and visitors. Get updates at