What is Emergency Response/Management?

Northern Communities have unique risks that need to be managed appropriately to minimise harm to communities. The risks could be from fires, floods, or adverse weather affecting critical infrastructure such as roads, power, or potable water.

The purpose of emergency response/management is to identify the risks and minimize the negative effects to health through planning and community preparedness.

Program Goals and Objectives

The objectives and activities of the NITHA Emergency Response Coordinator include:

  • Mentoring and Training Medical First Responders
  • Developing policies and procedures for First Responder Groups, Public Access to Defibrillation, Respiratory Protection, Etc.
  • Liaison with Regional Health Authorities, Province, Federal, and NGO stakeholders
  • Train instructors for CPR, First Aid, AED, First Responder and Emergency Medical Responder
  • Assist the 2nd level coordinators in the development, testing, and implementation of community All Hazards Plans
  • Provide real time responses, advice, guidance, and manpower during emergencies
  • Coordinate Emergency Management Training Opportunities
  • Monitor smoke models and Satellite Fire information to ensure Medical Health Officers, Emergency Response Coordinators and Community Officials have information to assist in emergency decision making
  • Graphically map resources, impacts, and other strategic information for use during and after an emergency

For contact information, please visit our staff page.