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Emergency Preparedness and Response in Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Regional Office of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC Atlantic) coordinates federal health portfolio action on public health security and emergency situations that affect Atlantic Canada. This coordinating function is an extension of PHAC's Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response.

The Regional Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) in the Atlantic Region has the following responsibilities:

  • developing and maintaining regional emergency response plans for PHAC and Health Canada;
  • monitoring disease outbreaks, such as influenza, and other events that have public health impacts in Atlantic Canada;
  • assessing public health risks during emergencies;
  • collaborating with other public health, health emergency, emergency management and public security agencies (provincial and federal) to prepare for and respond to threats to the public health and overall security of Canadians;
  • participating in various medical, scientific and security networks of interest to PHAC and Health Canada;
  • creating and sustaining an Atlantic network for emergency preparedness.

The priority for EPR in Atlantic Canada is to improve cooperation and collaboration on emergency preparedness among federal and provincial health partners in Atlantic Canada. The creation of the Council of Atlantic Health and Social Services Emergency Managers (CAHSSEM) is a prime example of this collaboration.

More Information

For further information, please contact us at ph-sp-info@phac-aspc.gc.ca or at 902-426-2700.