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What is an Emergency?

A MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY means a situation or impending situation caused by the forces of nature, an accident or an act or mishap that constitutes a danger of major proportions to our citizens, their properties and / or the natural environment.

Basically it is an event that on duty staff, emergency responders or existing public services cannot stabilize due to the size or pending duration of the situation.

The declaration of a Municipal State of Emergency is the responsibility of the Municipality. On one hand the Municipality has tremendous flexibility regarding this decision, but there are things that have to be considered prior to the declaration of a Municipal State of Emergency. It is not something that can be undertaken lightly on the advice of one or two persons.

Sad things occur in our municipality; a fatal accident; a total barn fire; These events can be devastating to the persons involved, but such events are not “municipal emergencies.”