County Emergency Management Program


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Emergency Management in Perth County

Move Over.. Protect Us All!

Every day in Perth County, emergency services - police, fire and paramedics provide an excellent response to 9-1-1 calls, usually arriving within minutes. But too often their response is delayed by motorists refusing to move over, causing precious seconds to be lost. And these seconds could be the difference between life and death. Additionally, motorists come far too close to stopped emergency responders on our roadsides.

"Move Over... Protect Us All!" is an awareness campaign and video that focuses on what drivers must do when approached by an ambulance, police cruiser or fire truck with emergency lights activated, so that the responders can get to where they are needed quickly and safely.  Developed by Toronto Police and its partner agencies, Perth County has been given permission to use these tools to educate the Community. 

"Move Over... Protect Us All!" also helps to explain Ontario's "Move Over Law". All drivers must obey this law to help save the lives of emergency services workers and citizens they are with when stopped at the roadside. 

“Failing to observe these traffic laws can delay personnel responding to life threatening incidents and put emergency personnel at risk themselves” says Staff Sergeant Stephane Pilon from  OPP’s Perth County Detachment. 

“Not only can our paramedics be put in harm’s way, but so too can a patient being transported to hospital” adds Paramedic Chief Linda Rockwood. 

“We might be trying to save your house or loved ones. Don’t be the reason that we are delayed in responding. Fires grow much quicker today compared to decades ago, so every second counts.” said Perth East and West Perth Fire Chief Bill Hunter. “If you see a vehicle with a flashing green light, please yield the right of way. That will be one of our firefighters responding to the station”.

Perth County Announces Public Education Initiatives

North Perth Council
North Perth Mayor Julie Behrns and fellow councillors show they are ready with copies of the County's emergency preparedness materials.

May 1 - 7, 2016 was National Emergency Preparedness Week, a week Perth County and its member municipalities devote to reinforcing the importance of having a plan - for yourself, your family, your pets, your business, your farm, and anyone important to you. 

EM Program Slogan

This year, Perth County unveiled an emergency preparedness guide and a series of fact sheets. Their theme is “Together We’re Ready”.  Warden Mert Schneider is proud of the 10 year old shared Emergency Management Program. “This is a true example of shared services where we have worked together for the safety of our communities”."

Preparing in advance for the emergencies that can happen here is the best way to ensure you're ready when an emergency arises," says Chief Linda Rockwood who heads up the County’s Paramedic and Emergency Management initiatives. "We encourage everyone to spend a few minutes learning about the risks, developing your emergency plans and being prepared."

Dave Colvin, Perth County’s Emergency Management Coordinator says "It is important to know what can happen here.. have a plan and prepare for it. You can’t prevent a tornado but you can know when one can occur, have a plan, and prepare when one threatens." 

Copies of our preparedness materials are available at:

  • Perth County Courthouse - Main Floor (Stratford)
  • Perth District Health Unit (Stratford)
  • North Perth Municipal Office (Listowel)
  • Perth East Municipal Office (Milverton)
  • West Perth Municipal Office (Mitchell)
  • Perth South Municipal Office (St. Pauls)

Do YOUR Part!

KNOW the Risks

Tornado, Flooding, Lightning, High Winds, Hail, Ice Storm, Blizzard, Snow Squalls, Freezing Rain, Chemical Spill, Major Fire, Foreign Animal Disease, Pandemics, Health Outbreaks, Power Failure, Computer Failure, Banking System Outage, Fuel Shortage, Bridge and Road Collapse, Criminal Act.

Make a PLAN

Family Emergency Plan, School or Building Emergency Plan, Continuity of Operations Plan for Your Business or Organization, Emergency Plan for Your Farm or Agricultural Operation.

You can make your family emergency plan online at the Public Safety Canada website:



Home Survival Kit, Grab and Go Bag, Seniors and Special Needs, Pet Emergency Kit, Vehicle Emergency Kit, Office Emergency Kit.


Check out Perth County's Unified Emergency Plan

Click here to review the County and Member Municipalities Emergency Management Plan

Should you require any of the following documents in an accessible format, please contact us at or 519-271-0531 ext. 141.



Perth County Emergency
Preparedness Materials

Emergency Preparedness Guide

A step-by-step planner to help your family prepare for emergencies and disasters

Fact Sheets

What Do You Need to be Prepared?

How to be Prepared for Emergencies

How To Stay Safe in Thunderstorms

How to Stay Safe near Tornadoes

How to Stay Safe in Snowstorms

Preparing for Environmental Emergencies

How to be Prepared for Emergencies

STEP Brochure


A Disaster Protection and Recovery Planning Toolkit for Small to Mid-Sized Business 


Contact Information

Dave Colvin, CEM

Emergency Management
480 Douro Street
Stratford, Ontario N5A 0E6

Phone: 519-271-0531 ext. 540
Fax: 519-273-4216