As required by the Government of Alberta, Leduc County maintains a Municipal Emergency Plan that details steps to be taken in the event of an emergency occurring within the County. Such emergencies could include incidents involving dangerous goods, failure of utilities, extreme weather, environmental incidents, transportation accidents, oil and gas wells and pipelines. This plan is updated annually.
Should an emergency occur, the primary location for the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is the County Centre in Nisku (1101-5th Street). The County may declare a State of Local Emergency which provides legislated powers to the municipality to control certain aspects (i.e. local evacuation orders). The EOC consists of key staff and other emergency officials, depending on the type of emergency which has occurred. The Mayor and other councillors are kept informed throughout the duration of an emergency.
Leduc County operates a mobile operations unit which would be taken to the actual site of an emergency situation. This vehicle is completely self-contained with a kitchenette and washroom, work stations, radios, cell phones, weather station and advanced computer technology (photo) . The unit will coordinate work at the site and relay information back to the EOC.
Regularly, Leduc County undertakes exercises of its Municipal Emergency Plan. Through tabletop exercises, drills and actual live training, the plan is tested and updated as necessary. Staff attend upgrading courses provided by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) on an ongoing basis.
A Major Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement is in place between all municipalities located in Leduc County in order to ensure sufficient resources will be available to respond to disasters. The County also works closely with Edmonton International Airport and Alberta Emergency Management Agency and is an active member of the Capital Region Emergency Planning Partnership.