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Ministry Status: Routine Monitoring and Engagement

Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Criteria for Deployment

Protocol for Release of Equipment and Supplies

In the event of a local emergency in which the NESS stockpile may be of assistance, the following protocol shall be followed to request deployment :

  1. The Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) or NESS Site Custodian shall notify the MOHLTC Emergency Management Branch of a request to access the NESS stockpile.
  2. The EMB shall be contacted through its 24/7 telephone hotline at
  3. The EMB will alert the Public Health Agency of Canada about the request for deployment.
  4. The EMB will contact either the CEMC or the Site Custodian with the approval to deploy the stockpile.

Should a request for deployment be approved by the EMB, the Site Custodian will be responsible for tracking the equipment that is taken from the stockpile. Once the equipment is returned, the Site Custodian shall take an inventory of the equipment and provide a report on the overall status of the equipment back to the EMB. EMB will then contact PHAC prior to the return of the equipment to arrange for any necessary refurbishment.

For More Information

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Health System Emergency Management Branch
1075 Bay Street, Suite 810
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2B1
Fax : 416-212-4466
TTY : 1-800-387-5559
E-mail : emergencymanagement.moh@ontario.ca


Health workers and health sector employers can call the Healthcare Provider Hotline for more information
Toll free : 1-866-212-2272

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