Responding to Emergency Events

Emergencies are managed first at the local level: hospitals, fire departments, police and municipalities. If they need assistance at the local level, they request it from the provinces or territories. If the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities, the provinces or territories seek assistance from the federal government. In order to facilitate a cross-jurisdictional response in this regard, the National Emergency Response System (NERS) was developed by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Response Working Group and approved by FPT Ministers in January 2011. The coordination and provisioning of resources can move quickly from the local to the national level as required during an emergency, including a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) disaster. Our network of Regional Offices across Canada serve as the Department's primary link to provincial and territorial emergency management counterparts, as well as federal departments in the region, to ensure a whole-of-government response.

Learn more about PS's emergency response programs and strategies:

Government Operations Centre
Housed at PS, the Centre monitors emerging threats and can provide around-the-clock coordination and support in the event of a national emergency.
Search and Rescue Policies and Programs
Public Safety works with stakeholders across the country to develop strategic policies and programs that support, enhance and improve Canada’s search and rescue system.
Federal Terrorism Response Plan
The Federal Terrorism Response Plan (FTRP) strengthens coordination among security and intelligence departments and agencies and facilitates a collective response to a terrorist threat or incident occurring in Canada. It does so by defining the roles and responsibilities of those departments and agencies with a mandate to respond to a domestic terrorist incident, establishing information sharing processes, and outlining the linkages to the National Terrorism Threat level.
CBRNE Resilience Strategy and Action Plan for Canada
The Strategy promotes the vision of an integrated capability across Canada by framing a scalable, responsive, dynamic, sustainable and evidence-based approach for all contributors to CBRNE events. This approach is equally based on the Four Components of Emergency Management: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

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