Disaster Preparedness

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, through its programs and its Office of Disaster Management, aims to develop safer communities. To achieve this the health system must be capable of providing a coordinated response during disasters, and deliver effective programs to reduce risks and increase preparedness before an impact.

The health sector has a special interest and a key role in this process. We recognize that safer communities are healthier and the health of the population is an important contributing factor to an individual's and a community's ability to cope with disasters. The regional health authorities and Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living's internal branches work together on many disaster-related issues to ensure the health sector is properly prepared. 

You can help too by preparing yourself–see the links on this page for more information.

Home and Family Preparedness

  • The summer of 2002 saw the first cases of West Nile virus in Manitoba. Find out how you and your family can prepare and protect yourselves for next year.
  • Learn more about emergency preparedness in Manitoba from the Emergency Measures Organization.
  • Disasters can strike anywhere around the world and some countries struggle with diseases that are uncommon in Canada. Before traveling, make sure you have the information you need to be safe when you are out of the country, by checking the Government of Canada's Travel Health Notices.
  • Find out more about some of Manitoba's hazards, like forest fires.
  • National emergency management organizations, such as Public Safety Canada or the American Federal Emergency Management Agency have useful information on hazards and preparedness.

Health and Disaster

Contact Information:

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
Office of Disaster Management
Unit 7 - 1680 Ellice Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3H 0Z2 CANADA
Phone:  204-945-1444
FAX:  204-948-2531
E-mail:  odm@gov.mb.ca