Antigonish County: Emergency Preparedness

Posted on January 10, 2017

Do you know what to do:
Before an Emergency?   During an Emergency?      After an Emergency?

Get Prepared:

1. Know the Risks

2. Make a Plan

3. Emergency Kits

Municipal Role in Emergency Preparedness:
In Nova Scotia, municipalities provide the first level of response to an emergency. Municipalities each has an Emergency Management Coordinator. That Coordinator is responsible for developing and exercising a municipal emergency plan.

The Antigonish Regional Emergency Management Coordinator (AREMC) is Tom Bennett. He can be reached by telephone at (902) 867-7152 or by email at

Message from Antigonish REMC Tom Bennett:
Are your prepared? Most individuals and families are aware of the need to be prepared in the event of an emergency but only a few actually have plans in place. I am your Antigonish Regional Emergency Management Coordinator. As the regional coordinator, I am responsible for emergency planning in the Municipalities of the Town of Antigonish and the County of Antigonish. I work closely with all the emergency response groups, municipal and provincial services in the area as we tried to reduce the risk of a hazard. Should an emergency occur, we work together to mitigate the hazard and put plans into effect to reduce its impact. I have had the opportunity to work in emergency management across Canada and in the Caribbean in various capacities, the latest being your coordinator. Developing plans and exercising those plans has been a part of my background in order to be prepared should an emergency occur. I look forward to assisting all the residents in our county and with your help; we will be prepared for that emergency which may happen at anytime.

Antigonish County is located in the northeastern part of Nova Scotia. We have the Northumberland Strait off our coast and we are not far from the Canso Causeway. We have a number of rivers that flow through the county as well as a significant amount of agriculture and forested lands. We have a busy set of highways running throughout the county with Highway #104 supporting the bulk of the traffic between the mainland and the island of Cape Breton. We also have a railway which passes through the town of Antigonish as well as through several of our communities. We have a high capacity transmission line and a natural gas line providing energy to the businesses and residences throughout the county and beyond. We are all familiar with the threat of snowstorms and the possibility of flooding due to excessive water, but are you prepared for those emergencies or any other type of emergency and know what to do should the hazard effect you or your family? You may not be able to control what goes on in the environment around you but you can control what goes on in your own home. Having a 72 hour emergency kit is the first step in being prepared. The kit contains emergency supplies and how to prepare a plan for you to deal with an emergency in case you and family are affected. You might have to stay in your home or leave it because of the hazard. The kit can help you cope with the situation and “it is better to be looking at it than looking for it”.

Provincial Role
EMO(NS) provides emergency management education and training within the province. In an emergency which, due to its size or timing, cannot be responded to by the municipality, EMO becomes the window to the provincial government resources.

EMO(NS) administers two Acts.

Federal Role
If the situation warrants it, the province will request help from the federal government through the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness Canada (EPC). EPC is the federal liaison between the provincial and municipal emergency preparedness communities.


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