County Emergency Management Program


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Emergency Management in Perth County

Perth County Offers Severe Weather Workshops

Summer Severe Weather season is upon us. The exit of the June 20th hot and humid air prompted watches and warnings in our area, but produced damaging winds, hail and Tornado Warnings in Eastern Ontario. Perth County Emergency Management reminds residents to Be Weather Aware and learn what to do when nasty weather threatens.  Be sure to download our weather fact sheets from our web page.

To better prepare for the threat of summer storms, Perth County Emergency Management is pleased to announce that two of Canada’s foremost severe weather experts will be coming to Stratford/Perth County in July.

Environment Canada’s Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Geoff Coulson and Storm Hunter Mark Robinson will be here July 14th to educate emergency management program members from across the County. 

As well, there will be an evening workshop for local volunteer firefighters and other responders, elected officials, county and municipal staff, farm and other businesses who are weather dependant, and any members of the public who have an interest in weather. “This is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about severe weather and how to stay safe” says Dave Colvin, Emergency Management Coordinator for Perth County. “Severe weather is one of the greatest risks in this part of Ontario.. the more you know about it, the safer you and your family will be.”

What You Need to Know to Keep You Safe
Date:  Thursday, July 14th – 7 pm until 10 pm
Location:    Perth County Paramedic Headquarters, 480 Douro Street, Stratford
Registration: FREE but preregistration required.

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
Community Emergency
Management Coordinator
1 Huron Street
Stratford, Ontario N5A 5S4

Phone: 519-271-0531 ext. 140
Fax: 519-271-6265