OAEM student award winners

Calling all students—OAEM student awards 2016

The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) provides students in post-secondary certificate, diploma, degree or master programs in emergency management with the opportunity to receive an award... READ MORE ...
Centre Block of Parliament Hill (by Saffron Blaze licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

Professional development: Creating resilient communities through prepared property management

Resilient Communities Ontario and OAEM are hosting four unprecedented events bringing the building management industry and community together for a close-up look at the risks in your community. Find out... READ MORE ...

OAEM Articles

Fighting the War on Terror with an Army of Hope

The recent active shooter attacks in La Loche, Saskatchewan, San Bernardino, California, and Paris, France are brutal reminders that none of us are immune to disasters. Unfortunately but realistically, domestic terrorism and active shooter incidents are just some of the new and emerging threats communities and organizations now face and must be prepared for. As disaster planners, it’s easy to... READ ARTICLE ...

State of emergency protests: "My France of liberties, where are you?"

In the wake of the November 13th Terror attacks in Paris, a state of Emergency was declared. This state of emergency was extended for 3 months, and is set to expire of Feb 26th 2016. This weekend saw tensions flare, as several thousand citizens took to the streets in 70 cities across France to protest these emergency measures. In doing so, they have highlighted some important considerations for... READ ARTICLE ...

Two record-breaking months—two very different records

I’ve been a meteorologist with Environment Canada for over 32 years and I can’t recall having two months in one calendar year where temperature records were shattered as badly as they were in February and December of 2015. In February of 2015, the talk was of brutal cold with mean temperatures, province-wide, running 5 to 9 degrees below normal. Locations across the province broke their records... READ ARTICLE ...

Editor's message: New year, new events

Happy new year OAEM. Now that we’re back from holidays armed with good intentions and new year resolutions (and maybe a few extra pounds), we thought we’d let you in on a few of our 2016 plans. From launching a new website to growing our membership to hosting a couple stellar (not to mention sold-out) events, 2015 was a big year for OAEM—and we think 2016 is going to be even bigger. Resilient... READ ARTICLE ...

Social media exercise design: A guide (because Twitter takes practice too)

On August 6, 2006, a small earthquake struck the San Francisco area. The event triggered a discussion instantly in a new tool called “Twitter.” In that defining social media moment, two-way communications inspired the public not only to communicate status in real time but also to be active in their own preparedness and recovery planning. Humanity Road is a volunteer-based public charity that... READ ARTICLE ...

Public Alerting: Will we miss the next boat?

In my last message I spoke of the air raid sirens. When they were installed, this was the best public alerting technology available at the time. As technology evolved, new public alerting methods were developed. From the 1960s to the late 1990s, television was king. People gradually increased the number of hours spent in front of the television. Radio also played an important role. It made sense... READ ARTICLE ...

On getting CEM accreditation: "Don't sell yourself short"

I have written the following from my own personal experience to help those who plan on applying for the CEM (or AEM) accreditation. The article focuses on the topics which I found the most challenging: professional contributions, the essay and the exam. Professional Contributions The majority of my career has been spent in the Army, were the language used and skill sets developed have their own... READ ARTICLE ...

Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and big November storms

At around 7:15 PM EST on November 10, 1975, the large laker known as the Edmund Fitzgerald lost its battle with the “gales of November” on Lake Superior and sank with all 29 crew members aboard. While the exact reason why the Fitzgerald sank is still not known, the hurricane force wind gusts and the 7+ metre waves generated by a powerful November storm were instrumental in its loss. A recent re-examination... READ ARTICLE ...

ODRAP update: A new approach to disaster assistance in Ontario

Natural disasters in Ontario are nothing new. A deadly storm ravaged the Great Lakes over four days in 1913 – the worst in the area’s history. Hurricane Hazel struck Toronto in October 1954, causing widespread damage and loss of life. While these large-scale examples from the last century still resonate due to their devastating effects at the time, destructive storms are not a thing of the past. What... READ ARTICLE ...