The municipalities are the first to intervene when major disasters occur in Québec. To this end, they rely on the emergency plans that they have elaborated.
When a municipality’s ability to intervene is exceeded, gouvernement du Québec personnel offers assistance. The Organisation de la sécurité civile du Québec (in French only), which establishes close collaboration between government departments and bodies and the municipality concerned, coordinates government employees. During a disaster, civil protection organizations focus their efforts, in particular, on:
- The source of the hazard
- Threats to public health and safety
- Access to essential goods and services
- Social disruptions stemming from the disaster
Governmental actions throughout a disaster: