Before the day of modern conveniences, such as electricity, oil heat and automobiles, communities were generally self-sufficient when natural disasters struck their towns. Today, modern technologies have made us far more vulnerable and it has increased the chance of encountering a disaster.
Everyday, communities face potential man-made or natural disasters. Each village or town is exposed to hazardous materials traveling on their streets or to industrial or engineering installations that could endanger the surrounding populations if they malfunction. Environmentally, Canada has been exposed to ever changing weather extremes, earthquakes, major floods, ice storms and hurricanes. It is all of these potential hazards that make Emergency Planning so vital.
The Municipality of Colchester, Town of Stewiacke and the Town of Truro, signed an Agreement to develop one Emergency Plan for the region. This plan was developed by the Regional Emergency Management Organization (REMO). The REMO is made up of the Regional Emergency Management Advisory Committee, the Regional Protective Services Coordinator and the Regional Emergency Planning Committee. The Advisory Committee is comprised of the Mayor of each Municipality and one other elected official. The Planning Committee is comprised of representatives from community services, law enforcement, fire, health services, engineering, transportation and communications.