Create and maintain an emergency program

Last updated on February 21, 2024

This page supports communities who are creating or updating their all-hazard emergency management plan. An all-hazard emergency management plan describes how people, property, and the environment will be protected in an emergency. It provides an outline of actions that are taken when an emergency occurs.

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Planning guides and templates

Guides and templates for communities to plan for potential emergency situations.

Emergency program planning guide

The planning guide provides an adaptable, step-by-step resource for developing an emergency management plan. It addresses hazards, and assigns roles and responsibilities for emergency planning and operations.


Templates are in word format (DOCX) allowing communities of any size, to adapt the planning process to suit unique emergency management needs and capacities

Drought and water scarcity

These resources help First Nations and local authorities plan for water scarcity and the placemat provides an at-a-glance, comprehensive overview of resources, actions, and more. The template is a Word document so that it can be edited for your purposes.

Major planned events

These guidelines are designed to provide relevant information and considerations to local authorities, communities, event organizers, emergency managers, provincial representatives, and any other groups involved in planning special events. See also: Public Health Guidelines - Major Planned Events

Emergency program bylaws

Local authorities (such as municipalities) must pass a bylaw to authorize the development an emergency program. Regional district governments must pass an additional bylaw to extend the service throughout all electoral areas of the regional district.

Bylaws should:

  • Specify the operations of the emergency program
  • Delegate authority to an executive committee
  • Outline the responsibilities of the local authority

Bylaws should be reviewed following each local government election to ensure the provisions of bylaws are up to date. Newly elected officials must be made aware of their responsibilities to support the emergency program.


While this process is designed to be self-guided, please contact a regional office if you have any questions about emergency planning.