County Emergency Management Program


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Emergency Management in Perth County

Stormy Weather Can Impact Perth County

Environment Canada gives us timely weather statements, advisories, watches and warnings for winter weather events approaching Southwestern Ontario. Lake-effect squalls and system snow events can impact Perth County making driving hazardous and causing power outages.  While exact snowfall amounts from lake-effect snow squalls are difficult to determine, they can produce rapidly deteriorating visibility. If stationary, these bands can dump incredible amounts of snow in a short period of time. Snow systems usually approach as "Colorado Lows" or "Alberta Clippers" and snowfall amounts are usually easier to predict.

Snowy Highway 7“With this great advanced notice, it is the perfect opportunity to think about preparing for severe winter weather” says Dave Colvin, Perth County’s emergency management coordinator “A few simple steps can keep you safe at home, and in your vehicle. The county emergency management website has some great information on emergency supplies you need to think about” adds Colvin.

“When snow squalls move in, avoid travelling if you can” says Emergency Services Director Linda Rockwood. “Driving conditions can change quickly and remember, When You See Snow, Go Slow. Make sure you have a full gas tank and fully charged mobile phone if you do have to travel. Have a vehicle emergency kit to keep you 

“This time of year our paramedics respond to serious, life changing accidents. We really discourage people from travelling when roads are bad. Listen to the media for road condition reports and if they recommend staying off the roads, ask yourself if your trip is really necessary” adds Chief and comfortable if you are stranded.”

It is a great idea to download the Winter Severe Weather and Emergency Kit fact sheets. Be sure to follow emergency management on Twitter @PerthCoEmrgMgt and on Facebook for emergency information.


Perth County Announces New 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 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