Grand Bay-Westfield Emergency Management Organization (EMO)

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Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Emergency Management Organization (EMO)

If there is a local or regional disaster, know that you are not alone. Your Emergency Management Organization (EMO) is responsible for emergency planning in the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield. EMO deals with preparedness, damage mitigation, response, and recovery in the case of a major disaster. The EMO also promotes emergency preparedness for all residents, organizations, and businesses. On this page, you will find Alert Levels, Current Emergency Events, as well as resources to help you reduce the impact of disasters before they occur.

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Status: Normal Monitoring 

Level 1: Enhanced Monitoring: An actual or potential emergency situation has been identified. Continuous monitoring by Municipal Emergency Operations Centre (MEOC) members is taking place.

Level 2: Partial Activation: Some positions are now filled and operating in the MEOC. Operational hours of MEOC will be dependent on requirements of the response, however, 24/7 monitoring of MEOC phone line will begin.

Level 3: Full Activation: Most or all positions are filled and operating in the MEOC on a 24/7 basis.

How residents can prepare for the possible effects of extreme weather

Extreme weather conditions may sometimes include strong winds, heavy rain or snowfall, power outages, and localized flooding.

During these conditions, residents are reminded to:
– Have a 72-hour emergency kits ready. Residents should have all the necessities for themselves and their families: water, food, flashlights, radio, batteries, first aid kit, prescription medications, infant formula, cash (ATM machines might not be operational in times of crisis) etc. For details, visit HERE.
– Secure or store items such as outdoor furniture, garbage cans, compost bins, BBQs, planters, sports equipment etc…
– If able, keep the catch basins adjacent to properties free from debris.
– Seal any basement windows and doors to prevent flooding
– Severe weather often causes power outages. Make time now to ensure you know how to safely operate your generator in an emergency and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. For details from NB Power including contact information and a listing out power outages, visit HERE.
– Residents are encouraged to check on their vulnerable neighbours.

Reminders for motorists during weather events

Allow for extra travel time;
Obey any road closures (do not drive around barricades);
Ensure headlights are on; and
Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

Stay Informed

Residents are reminded to register for the Town’s emergency alert system, CodeRED by OnSolve. This is to ensure that the Town can notify residents in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Register by visiting HERE.

Monitor local forecasts from Environment Canada by visiting HERE.

For updates from the New Brunswick Emergency Management Organization, visit www.gnb.ca/emo or follow NBEMO on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).

For local information, visit www.grandbaywestfield.ca/emo or follow the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).

Contact Information

For emergencies, including downed power lines, call 911.

To report a power outage, please contact NB Power at 1-800-663-6272 or by visiting HERE.

To report flooding or fallen trees on roadways, or damage to Town infrastructure, please contact the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield at (506) 738-6400 (Option 3 for after-hours urgent matters).

Emergency Response Plans

Municipal Emergency Response Plan
Spring Freshet Emergency Response Policy

Flood Information

Before a Flood
During a Flood
After a Flood
Instructions for Pumping Out Basements
NB EMO Flood Recovery Booklet
Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health – After a Flood Information

Hurricane Information

Hurricane season officially runs from June through November when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are warm enough to produce a tropical cyclone, a category of weather systems that includes tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes.

For details including what to do before and during a hurricane, visit HERE.

Resources

FireSmart Canada (national program that helps Canadians increase neighborhood resilience to wildfire and minimize its negative impacts)
Public Safety Canada

New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization
Protect yourself from extreme cold temperatures 
New Brunswick Ferries Status (New Brunswick 511)

Become Involved

Recent weather events have caused unprecedented destruction in various areas of our province. Now, more than ever, communities must have emergency plans in place to protect residents, property, and municipal infrastructure.

Your Emergency Management Organization meets on a regular basis to reassess existing plans, to develop new plans based on identified hazards analysis, and to test the plans.

We are regularly looking for residents who are at least 18 years of age who are available for regular monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and who can be available to work in the Emergency Management Operations Centre when required. Interested residents will have a strong desire to work behind the scenes to provide support to frontline responding agencies. Training will be provided.

To indicate your interest or to receive further information, please contact the Fire Chief / EMO Director :
By phone: (506) 738-6421
By email: administration@towngbw.ca