Emergency Management

Emergency Management in the City of Ontario is coordinated through the Office of Emergency Management. 
The main function of disaster and emergency preparedness is to ready a community for potential disaster, and then reduce its effects and impact after the event occurs. 
Emergency Management is comprised of four key components: Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. This four-part concept was adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Office of Emergency Services (OES).

The Ontario Emergency Manager, together with Ontario's Fire, Police, Public Works, Finance, Community Services, and Library Departments, work together to develop departmental emergency Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and staff training. In addition, community agencies such as school districts, hospitals, the Airport, American Red Cross, and other volunteer organizations, rely on Emergency Management related programs for services and assistance.


When an emergency strikes, will you be prepared?  Will you be able to remember all of the actions and procedures necessary to protect health, life, and property?  Well-defined emergency action procedures are an absolute necessity for the occupants of all public and commercial buildings.  This website is intended to provide a quick reference to respond effectively to a variety of emergency situations.

The procedures listed in this website are also useful in the home.  You should discuss and formulate a family preparedness plan.  Prepare a basic survival kit to include:  (1) water; (2) non-perishable foods; (3) first aid kit; (4) battery-powered radio; (5) auxiliary cooking devices; (6) fire extinguisher; (7) blankets; (8) flashlight; (9) critical medication, all stored in a safe accessible place.  Keep in mind that you may be asked by your employer to assist in emergency operations.  Having your family prepared will make your absence in an emergency easier.

The following procedures are not comprehensive or sufficient as training materials for all emergency situations that you may encounter.  They are intended for use as a quick reference during emergency situations or when such situations appear imminent.

Please click here for Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers.  This link will provide resources to older adults and caregivers on the issue of personal emergency readiness with a video, checklist, factsheet, and presenter's kit.

View more information on Emergency Preparedness Information for persons with disabilities at the National Organization on Disability or American with Disabilities Act.

Emergency Alert System

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) provides a means of distributing emergency information quickly to radio stations, television stations, cable entities and certain satellite distribution entities for broadcast distribution to the general public. The EAS is made up of radio, television, cable entities and certain satellite distribution carriers cooperating on a voluntary organized basis for local and state warnings, but subject to mandatory compliance for Federal warnings per the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 47 CFR Part 11 Rules 

Local television and radio service providers will be a source of EAS information and messaging during a disaster. In order to receive direct weather broadcast information from the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), you will need a weather radio.

For additional emergency planning guidance and information about emergency preparedness, please see www.ontarioca.gov/readyontario.