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Role of the County

The initial response to a disaster or emergency in the County of Oxford will be the responsibility of the Municipality(s) directly affected.

The Municipality will continue to be responsible for the conduct of the emergency operations unless: 



  • the emergency is not a local emergency and the County Emergency Control Group assumes control of the emergency site operations; 
  • the Mayor of the Municipality requests that the County assume responsibility for the emergency site operations.

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.

For more information, you can read the Oxford County Emergency Plan.

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