| Québec National Civil Protection Plan
National Civil Protection Plan
* Objectives of the Plan
* The Response Framework of the Plan
* Resorting to the National Civil Protection Plan
Objectives of the Plan
The Civil Protection Act, mandates the Minister of Public Security to establish and update a Québec's national civil protection plan (NCPP). The Minister must do so with the cooperation of other Ministers and heads of government agencies concerned.
The National civil protection plan seeks to implement measures:
* to prevent major disasters or attempt to mitigate their impact;
* to improve preparedness for effective response when disaster strikes;
* to promote joint response activities and a prompt return to life as normal.
The Plan makes provisions for the following:
* shared responsibilities among government departments and agencies, based on respective jurisdictions;
* organization of government resources in order to respond to different types of disasters;
* a simplified decision-making structure.
The effectiveness of the Plan depends on a strong civil protection system. This system's strength stems from on four factors:
* greater accountability on the part of citizens for their safety and protection of their property;
* improved preparedness and more autonomy for municipalities to handle a disaster;
* regional partners working together with the community;
* integrated government organization to ensure maximum use of resources.
Citizens and municipalities are the first line of responsibility for civil protection. The purpose of the plan is to support them in major disaster situation.
Governmental authorities will therefore be able to find solutions to problems regarding:
* the ability to simultaneously respond to a vast number of needs that sometimes extend beyond the normal intervention areas of the government's departments and bodies members of the Organisation de sécurité civile du Québec (OSCQ);
* coordination and organization of the response of new partners who may be unfamiliar with civil protection response methods.
The Response Framework of the Plan
The government of Québec has organized its civil protection actions on the basis of fifteen needs likely to arise in the event of a disaster. The needs laid out in the Plan are referred to as "missions". Each mission is under the direction of a government department or agency, which has activities similar to those set forth in the mission, or which has the expertise necessary to successfully accomplish the task at hand.
Missions Organizations Responsible
Economic activities Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation
Financial assistance Ministère de la Sécurité publique
Bio-food Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation
Communications Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration
Electric power Hydro-Québec
Water, hazardous and residual materials Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs
Energy Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune
Massive evacuation, reentry and security Sûreté du Québec
Housing Société d'habitation du Québec
Telecommunications network Ministère des Services gouvernementaux
Health Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Support for the OSCQ Ministère de la Sécurité publique
Support services for disaster victims Ministère de la Sécurité publique
Technical support to municipalities Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions
Transportation Ministère des Transports
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Resorting to the National Civil Protection Plan
The Plan is based on a joint action approach and on the responsibility of departments and agencies that are part of the plan. In a situation of a major sinister, the associate deputy minister of the Direction générale de la sécurité civile et de la sécurité incendie of the ministère de la Sécurité publique acts as the government coordinator.
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Last update: 2006-12-20
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