Alberta legislation requires each municipality to have an emergency management plan. Known as a Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP), the plan must include an Emergency Management Committee, an Emergency Management Agency and a Director of Emergency Management.
Emergency Management Committee
Committee membership consists of the Mayor and has advisory members, who are the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and the Director Emergency Management (DEM), along with administrative support. The committee advises and reports to Town Council on the development of emergency plans and programs within the municipality.
Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) aka Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
The ECC/EOC works with the Incident Command Management organizational system and consists of groups of people who carry out Council's statutory powers and obligations and mitigate the emergency. Staff from all sections of the Town of Cochrane, including Fire Services, RCMP, social services, transportation, operational services, municipal enforcement and outside government agencies, like Alberta Health Services (public health and EMS) make up members. The Director of Emergency Management is appointed by the CAO to ensure that the plan is administered.