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Health Emergency Management


Health Emergency Management (HEM) Program goals and objectives
The Goal and Objectives of the MCPEI’s Health Emergency Management Program includes the following:
The Goal is to minimize the impacts of any health emergency in the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island members.
  • To Increase capacity amongst Mi’kmaq communities to effectively plan for health emergencies and deal with health emergencies on PEI Mi’kmaq communities of PEI
  • To increase collaboration with relevant Federal government divisions, Provincial government sectors,  Non- Governmental Agencies  to support the prevention and management of health emergencies within Mi’kmaq communities on PEI.
  •  Support to both Abegweit and Lennox Island with their pandemic planning in an advisory capacity and support the Emergency planning efforts with the following of PEI’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) Emergency Management Components




Sustained actions aimed to reduce or eliminate the long term impacts and risks associated with natural and human-induced emergencies.

Developing effective policies, procedures and plans for how to best manage an emergency.

Actions taken immediately before, during, or directly after an emergency occurs.

Measures and actions taken to repair and restore communities after and emergency.

Team Building

Much effort and focus has been on the health emergency, and it was recognized that to have successful response it
would be necessary to build effective teams in both communities. With building EMO teams in both communities to obtain training in Basic Emergency Management building awareness of the need to:
  • Reduce the risk of injuries/fatalities to people, property and environment;
  • Lessen the impact of emergencies, Physical and Psychological; 
  • Reduce risk of disruption to Business Continuity which would in turn reduce the costs associated with managing emergencies;
  • Reduce the risk of liability and reduce the recovery time;
Communicable Disease Control
MCPEI works in collaboration with Atlantic Policy Congress of Chiefs (APC)  in the following areas:
The diagram above shows the federal governments and their responsibility for each of the following emergency management plans
  • Health Canada- First Nation and Inuit Health Branch Atlantic Region (FNIHB), Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Unit are responsible for two areas; Health Emergencies (Pandemic) planning and secondly Environmental Health Office (EHO) are responsible for the water emergency plans.
  • Atlantic Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC):  AANDC Has released their National Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that relate to First Nation in Canada.   AANDC is responsible for the All Hazards (Natural Disasters such as ice storms, floods etc.)
  • Environment Canada (EC), Environment Canada has been working with the First Nation in the Atlantic Region including the Mi’kmaq of PEI, in both Lennox Island and Abegweit on Wastewater ERP and Oil tank ERP.
What's New in 2012/13
Currently efforts are being made to include All Hazards plans with the FN communities on PEI in the area of supporting developmental work  in All Hazards Planning and team building and also exploring ways to merge existing plans.
The logical sequence of events to Emergency planning would begin with the All Hazards Plan as an over arching (umbrella) plan.  This all hazards Plan would include annexes:
  1. Health Emergency (pandemic),  to minimize impacts of health emergency’s
  2. Water Emergency response plan,
  3. Waste water Emergency response plan,
  4. Oil tank emergency response plan
Future plans for Emergency Management in PEI
Will continue to build cohesive teams to ensure First Nation communities  know their  roles and responsibilities and to exercise All Hazards plans by means of table top exercise with the Directors/Managers in the community to build each team’s capacity in terms of what the community is doing as a whole, bring all the plans that have been developed to date.  Use scenarios with progression of emergencies to include elements of all plans, ie health / water/natural/oil tanks...  MCPEI Health Emergency Management will continue to support community efforts in emergency management such as on going training for designated EMO team member to ensure they can respond to emergencies in their respective communities.