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Emergency Preparedness and Incident Response

Emergency Preparedness and Incident Response work together to provide support and advice to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), public health units, health care providers and other partners during public health incidents and emergencies. Through informed decision-making and action, we work to improve the health and security of all Ontarians by strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response capacity in Ontario. 

The Emergency Preparedness Team supports partners through:

  • Scientific and Technical Advice: providing partners with advice based on the best available evidence; supporting partners in identifying hazards and assessing risks

  • Capacity Building: developing tools and training modules to support emergency preparedness and response (e.g., Incident Management System training, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments, Continuity of Operations Plans)

  • Knowledge Exchange: organizing monthly presentations from experts 

  • Research: conducting, presenting and collaborating on research in various areas of emergency preparedness and response

The Incident Response team provides daily monitoring and reporting of public health issues to facilitate communication and coordinated action.  The team supports partners by coordinating and managing cross-functional teams of experts to respond to requests. Requests from partners for PHO support include:

  • Scientific and technical advice 
  • Surveillance data 
  • Epidemiological support 
  • Laboratory science and operational support  

Find out more about our Incident Management System for Public Health Training Module (a workshop in emergency preparedness specifically developed by public health professionals for public health professionals).

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  Emergency Management Cycle


What we do:

Support public health prevention initiatives in all phases of emergency management

How we do what we do:

Demonstrate how prevention activities such as mass immunization are incorporated into emergency response


What we do:

Assist public health units to identify risks and actions to reduce the severity of an incident or emergency

How we do what we do:

Provide technical support for development of Hazard Identification/Risk Assessments


What we do:

Provide training on Incident Management Systems and Emergency Preparedness and Response

How we do what we do:

Develop and deliver training based on evidence and best practices targeted towards public health

Provide technical support for advance planning

Prepare, conduct, participate in, facilitate and evaluate exercises


What we do:

Support the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, public health units and the health system in response to incidents and emergencies

How we do what we do:

Coordinate Public Health Ontario Laboratory, scientific, surveillance and epidemiologic expertise​


What we do:

Develop procedures designed to return a situation to normal after an event

How we do what we do:

  • Conduct debrief sessions
  • Provide after-action reports
  • Review and update plans​
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