Municipal Emergency Response

  • Municipalities are the first line of defense in an emergency situation. Based on local emergency plans and local knowledge, the municipality responds to the emergency situation first. Provincial assistance is available when the scale or scope of the local response is beyond local capacity.
    • In the case of flooding, municipalities begin the response by implementing their plans. The province provides information and support, and once requested, equipment and other resources on a priority basis. Responses to emergencies are a partnership between municipalities and the Manitoba government, along with support from local volunteers and agencies such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.
    • When provincial resources are stretched, federal assistance is requested, as was the case in accessing the Canadian Armed Forces to reinforce the Assiniboine River dikes on an emergency basis this year and in 2011.