2017 OAEM Student Awards - Call for Applications

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 ...

FAST - Emergency Management Support Products

Members of the OAEM: F.A.S.T. First Aid & Survival Technologies Limited (F.A.S.T. Limited) is pleased to be a Bronze Member of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers. F.A.S.T. Limited... READ MORE ...

OAEM Articles

Turning a New Page - Emergency Disaster Services Update

  You may already know that The Salvation Army has a long history of supporting emergency response and recovery efforts domestically and internationally through our Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) program.  While it’s helpful to learn from the past, it is equally important to look to the future. At The Salvation Army’s Ontario Central-East Division (Peel Region in the West,... READ ARTICLE ...

Closing the Gap: EM & Political Authority

Closing the gap between emergency management expertise and political authority By Johanu Botha, MPA, PhD Candidate Canadian emergency management organizations exist in a bewildering array of bureaucratic locations. They are nestled in with fire-fighting agencies (Newfoundland & Labrador), share a minister with municipal affairs (Alberta), sit in an infrastructure department (Manitoba), or... READ ARTICLE ...

On a Code of Ethics for Emergency Management

By David Etkin A number of years ago when I first began to get really interested in ethics, I thought back to my time as a federal civil servant and wondered if we had a code of ethics to guide our behavior and decision making. I didn’t even know! With a little research, I found it[1], and after looking it over did recall having to read it (or something like it) when I first entered public service.... READ ARTICLE ...

A "Cerebellum Perspective" in Emergency Management

by Amber Rushton The Chinese General, Sun Tzu, a recognized military strategist, is widely known for his work: The Art of War (1). It is in this treatise that he counter-intuitively states that the first rule was to avoid war at all cost due to varying constraints as a result on government, society, and the effected country. He concludes, however, with this thought: if war is the only option, to... READ ARTICLE ...

Alberta NGO Council during Response and Recovery to Fort McMurray Wildfires

By Steve Elliott, Samaritan's Purse Canada When the wildfire erupted west of Fort McMurray in early May, our thoughts at Samaritans Purse Canada went immediately back to Slave Lake and the devastating wildfire in May of 2011.   As all of us in the NGO sectors do at times like this, we monitored newsfeeds and immediately began preparing for a disaster response and recovery operation. Samaritan’s... READ ARTICLE ...

Give Us Back Our Jobs

Give us back our jobs by Alain Normand [caption id="attachment_983" align="alignleft" width="200"] Alain Normand[/caption] Would you hire a tailor to perform surgery? A tailor knows how to cut and sew cloth; wouldn’t they be able to do the same with patients? Would you hire a construction worker to sell homes? A construction worker knows about buildings; wouldn’t they be good at selling... READ ARTICLE ...

Insurance discounts for Emergency Managers and Students

North City General Giving Emergency Managers a Leading Insurance Solution by Margaret Mieczkowski [caption id="attachment_1079" align="alignleft" width="200"] Margaret Mieczkowski[/caption] Emergency professionals such as Emergency Managers and First Responders are so often the unsung heroes, ensuring the safety of others as part of their day to day lives. North City General Insurance Brokers... READ ARTICLE ...

The Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium

by Patricia Martel [caption id="attachment_352" align="alignleft" width="200"] Patricia Martel[/caption] As a member of both the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers and the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet), I am thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to share some information on the upcoming annual CRHNet Symposium. The annual symposium will be held immediately following... READ ARTICLE ...

Going Beyond the Common

By Kevin Young, Industry Consultant at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure As I travel across the country with Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure showcasing emergency management software at conferences and events, a reoccurring conversational theme is: “It needs to be something I use every day”. What these folks mean is if they aren’t using an emergency management solution on a daily basis,... READ ARTICLE ...

Using ICS in Fort McMurray to generate a big impact, quickly

By Paul Hassanally For most of the month of June, 2016 I had the opportunity to deploy to Fort McMurray with an Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) called Team Rubicon to help the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) facilitate the re-entry of evacuated residents. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response... READ ARTICLE ...