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  1. 1. MEDIUM Emergency Management Ontario and the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan Ontario Eastern Municipal Conference September 13, 2012 Program Development 2012-09-06 Version 1.0 416-212-3464 0
  2. 2. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Agenda • Background on EMO o Who are we o Mandate o Core Responsibilities o Support to Communities and Ministries • Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan o Structure and Aim o General look at which nuclear facility emergencies we plan for o Details on responding to a radiological emergency Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 1 416-212-3464
  3. 3. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) BACKGROUND Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 2 416-212-3464
  4. 4. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Who are we? • The overall emergency management organization for the Province of Ontario • Headquarters are located in Toronto • A 24/7 Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) that proactively monitors events and potential emergencies throughout the Province • Field staff are deployed across Ontario Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 3 416-212-3464
  5. 5. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Mandate • To protect public safety, create disaster resilient communities, and promote public confidence in the government’s ability to manage an emergency • To function as a partnership among government at all levels, including federal departments and agencies, private industry, non-governmental organizations, and individuals and families Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 4 416-212-3464
  6. 6. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Core Responsibilities • Develop and maintain overarching provincial emergency plans • Provide provincial support and coordination as required in an emergency • Develop emergency management-related doctrine and guidelines • Develop emergency management-related curriculum and coordinate training • Develop public education strategy and resources • Develop, maintain and utilize specialized expertise: GIS mapping; scientific support; Critical Infrastructure Assurance Program; Provincial Exercise Program, etc. Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 5 416-212-3464
  7. 7. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Support to Communities • Sector-based field officers to support Community Emergency Management Coordinators in the development and implementation of their emergency management programs, including: o Training and workshops o Participation in community exercises o Advice and products for public awareness and public education programs • Deployment of field officers before, during and after an emergency • Coordination of provincial support in an emergency • Support planning and related activities in nuclear designated communities Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 6 416-212-3464
  8. 8. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Support to Provincial Ministries • Client Service Advisors advise and assist Ministry Emergency Management Coordinators in the development and implementation of their emergency management programs including: o Training and workshops o Participation in exercises o Advice and products for public awareness and public education programs o Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) • Coordination of provincial support in an emergency Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 7 416-212-3464
  9. 9. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM The Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan (PNERP) NUCLEAR PLANNING IN ONTARIO Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 8 416-212-3464
  10. 10. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM PNERP •The formulation of the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan (PNERP) is a requirement under the Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act •The Cabinet approved PNERP is comprised of: o The Master Plan o 7 PNERP Implementing Plans  5 site specific plans i.e. Pickering, Darlington, Bruce Power, Chalk River Laboratories and Fermi 2  Transborder Plan  Other Radiological Emergencies Plan Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 9 416-212-3464
  11. 11. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM PNERP - Aim • In the event of a nuclear emergency, the aim of the Province of Ontario is to safeguard: o Personal health and safety o Property o Environment • The PNERP directs how nuclear emergency planning, preparedness and response is undertaken to achieve Ontario’s aim Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 10 416-212-3464
  12. 12. PNERP - 5 Site Specific Plans for Nuclear Facilities Page 11
  13. 13. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM PNERP – Implementing Plan for Other Radiological Emergencies This Plan details the measures to be undertaken to protect public health and safety in the event of a radiological emergency resulting from: o Accidents at a nuclear establishment not covered by site specific plans (e.g. DND’s Royal Military College reactor) o Accidents during the transportation of radioactive materials o Nuclear-powered satellite re-entry o Radiological dispersal devices (RDDs) o Radiological devices (RDs) o Nuclear weapon detonation Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 12 416-212-3464
  14. 14. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Initial Response During a Radiological Emergency • In most incidents, the first indication of a radiological event will come from the local first responders who will act to: o Secure the area o Set up access control zones o Implement immediate care of injured persons o Initiate protective actions for the affected public • The community will notify the PEOC and may request resources including CBRNE assistance Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 13 416-212-3464
  15. 15. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Initial Provincial Response • The community will notify the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) when an emergency is declared or when it activates its community emergency response plan due to the radiological incident • The PEOC will assess the situation and, depending on the nature of the event, the Province may: o Activate the PEOC and assume responsibility for the event if required o Coordinate environmental radiation monitoring o Activate the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Radiation Health Response Plan for the treatment of exposed and/or contaminated persons o Assure emergency worker safety in accordance with guidelines issued through the Ministry of Labour and under federal legislation o Initiate other response measures as required, based on technical and operational assessments • Some of the available provincial resources follow on the next slides and are accessed through the PEOC Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 14 416-212-3464
  16. 16. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Radiation Monitoring • Aerial and field monitoring for radiation will be carried out: o For the area where the event occurred o For selected sites around the Province, in the case of a more widely dispersed event • Monitoring Teams can consist of a combination of federal, provincial, and private (e.g. nuclear facility) resources • Monitoring will continue over time to track the changing radiological picture resulting from decay, weather, dispersion, dilution, etc. Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 15 416-212-3464
  17. 17. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Scientific Analysis • Results of the field and aerial monitoring will be transmitted to, and analyzed by the Scientific Section of the PEOC • The analysis will result in recommendations, as required, for the delineation of radiation contamination zones • The radiation contamination zones define where the implementation of protective measures will be necessary Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 16 416-212-3464
  18. 18. Radiation Contamination Zones in a Radiological Emergency Buffer Restricted Zone Zone The area within which exposure control measures (sheltering, evacuation) are required Buffer Zone Restricted • Provides a buffer area beyond the Zone Restricted Zone, where limited measures of radioactivity are detected • Initially delineated based on the results of preliminary field monitoring • Ingestion control measures (on food, milk and water) may be applied based on guidance provided by Protective Action Levels 17
  19. 19. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Emergency Worker Safety • Dose Limits for Emergency Workers responding to a radiological emergency have been set out under the (federal) Nuclear Safety and Control Act • Emergency Workers include police, firefighters, emergency medical services, personnel from the Canadian Forces and other individuals who provide emergency response support Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 18 416-212-3464
  20. 20. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Communicating during an Emergency • The aim of the Province will be to provide to the general public and the media prompt, accurate and timely information on the status of the emergency, the measures being taken to deal with it and the actions to be taken by the affected public • This is achieved in a number of ways, including the issuance of: o Emergency Bulletins o News Releases o Red Alerts (subscriptions through www.ontario.ca/emo) o Alerts through social media Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 19 416-212-3464
  21. 21. EMO-PNERP Kingston MEDIUM Summary • EMO is the overall emergency management organization for the Province of Ontario • EMO works with ministries and communities to implement a robust emergency management program and to provide a timely and effective response • The Province has a detailed nuclear emergency response plan for radiological events which include transportation accidents • Significant resources and expertise are brought together in a coordinated fashion • The Province is able to communicate effectively and promptly with affected citizens and the general public Version 1.0 Program Development 2012-09-06 Page 20 416-212-3464

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