A message from the board on COVID-19

Dear Colleagues, These last few months have been trying times for Ontarians and those around the world, as COVID-19 spread across the globe, and continues to do so, affecting hundreds of thousands of... READ MORE ...

OAEM Events

Disaster and Emergency Management Conference (DEMCON)

Starts: Oct 7th, 2020
2020 Program Overview to Follow Soon The education program for the Ontario Disaster & Emergency Management Conference is a collaborative effort planned and developed by the: Canadian Red Cross Canadian Risk and Hazards Network International Association of Emergency Managers Ontario Association of Emergency Managers Ontario Municipal Social Services Association

G290 Basic Public Information Officer FEMA Certified Program

Starts: Nov 4th, 2020
This course is designed to prepare participants to ruction as full or part-time PIOs. Additionally, this training is a prerequisite and foundation for more advanced public information officer training.
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OAEM Articles

Documentation and decision-making in the EOC

By Monique Rollin Today I was fortunate to provide a brief webinar for OAEM on the importance of documentation and decision making in an Emergency Operations Centre.  I want to the thank OAEM for the opportunity and for their ongoing commitment to membership professional development and generous donation to Ontario Foodbanks on my behalf.   We are facing events... READ ARTICLE ...

Newest NGO Alliance of Ontario Handbook now Available

By Steve Elliott On behalf of the NGO Alliance of Ontario members, it gives me great pleasure to pass along the 2020-2021 Handbook (see link below) and EM Continuum Infographic. In these two documents, you will find summaries of what each of our members do and what they can provide to you and your jurisdiction should you experience a disaster that overwhelms your jurisdictions’ capabilities.  We... READ ARTICLE ...

Perception versus Reality - What is COVID-19 teaching us about how to deal with risk?

By: Dave Poole and Christina Baker When the term “pandemic” is mentioned, it garners various responses and impressions, depending on who you are. Obviously within the context of COVID-19, the word “pandemic” takes on a whole other meaning. But therein lies the crux – when you have conversations about risk, it takes on different meanings depending on who you are. That’s because risk... READ ARTICLE ...

Perception versus Reality - What is COVID-19 teaching us about how to deal with risk?

By: Dave Poole and Christina Baker When the term “pandemic” is mentioned, it garners various responses and impressions, depending on who you are. Obviously within the context of COVID-19, the word “pandemic” takes on a whole other meaning. But therein lies the crux – when you have conversations about risk, it takes on different meanings depending on who you are. That’s because risk... READ ARTICLE ...

Think twice about the Emergencies Act

By Sean Maraj As the Coronavirus pandemic progresses, there have been increasing calls from the media, and even musing from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to invoke the Emergencies Act (EA).The Emergencies Act is a move of last resort that brings significant implications both from a civil liberties and operations standpoint.              Passed... READ ARTICLE ...

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS FOR NGO OPERATIONS

Background  In the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, NGO Alliance of Ontario organizations will need to continue to respond to the needs of communities impacted by overland flood, wildfire, tornado, etc… The current pandemic increases risk exposure during response to NGO personnel, volunteers, clients and the public. While each respective mission remains the same for these organizations, the... READ ARTICLE ...

Crises and the Importance of Continued Education

By Judy Pal As first responders and emergency managers, we know the importance of timely, responsible, and ethical communication during a crisis.  We are tasked with ensuring the right information, gets to the right people, at the right time, so they can do the right thing. While most of us participate in annual or bi-annual desktop crisis tabletop exercises, it’s important to maintain communications... READ ARTICLE ...

Self-isolate or quarantine?

By Thomas Appleyard Across Canada, public health officials are urging people who have been in Hubei province or in close contact with someone diagnosed with novel coronavirus to “self-isolate”. Words matter here. The term "self-isolate" appears to be new in the public health lexicon, replacing, at least in Canada, the term quarantine. “Self-isolate” may sound less daunting than the draconian... READ ARTICLE ...

OAEM Proud to Increase Professional Development Opportunities in the North and Beyond

The OAEM Board of Directors received a fair bit of feedback about the bulk of our events being held in the Greater Toronto Area over time, and we heard you loud and clear.  You may have noticed that we have been offering more and more events in other parts of Ontario, or events that are remotely available to all.  We worked with our partners at OFMEM in order to deliver two sessions available... READ ARTICLE ...

OAEM Proud to Increase Professional Development Opportunities in the North and Beyond

The OAEM Board of Directors received a fair bit of feedback about the bulk of our events being held in the Greater Toronto Area over time, and we heard you loud and clear.  You may have noticed that we have been offering more and more events in other parts of Ontario, or events that are remotely available to all.  We worked with our partners at OFMEM in order to deliver two sessions available... READ ARTICLE ...

OAEM Looking for a Student Board Member!

Once again, we are reaching out to all our OAEM student members! We are seeking our new student board member for 2020! We are always looking to engage with students who have a burning passion for the field of emergency management, who are already bursting with ideas and ambition and are looking for a table to work with their talents and grow their experience. We recognize that, as important... READ ARTICLE ...

Scribe training - more than taking notes

By Monique Rollin In emergency management we know that critical incidents and disasters are low-frequency, high- risk, high-demand situations where impactful decisions need to be made with little time and the stakes are high. Incident Commanders, Emergency Managers and leaders in these situations have to rely on verifiable information to make decisions. The best way to capture, record and retain... READ ARTICLE ...