Board Members Wanted!

We will be electing 5 board members at the upcoming AGM on May 12, 2017. Are you interested in getting more involved with YOUR association? Submit your declaration of candidacy before April 28, 2017! The... READ MORE ...

Recovering from the Fort McMurray Fire

In the aftermath of any disaster, the recovery process can be long, expensive and in some cases painful. Alternatively, a successful recovery can not only see communities rebuilt but also lead to better... READ MORE ...

OAEM Articles

The first step is the most important

Some studies seem to imply that aversion to change is embedded in human genes. Author Raúl Ilargi Meijer* tells us that “We prefer to focus on those things that stay the same, or seem to stay the same, ignoring those that don’t, even if they change in -comparatively- radical ways, until we no longer can.” We tend to keep to our comfort zones. I remember in some of my early positions coming... READ ARTICLE ...

Hospital & Health Care Facility Emergency Management: Best Practices for 2017

The Hospital & Health Care sector, by the very nature of its business operation, is particularly susceptible to risk from internal and external factors. Therefore, it has long recognized the need for effective and robust emergency management planning. Emphasizing the resiliency of Hospital & Health Care facility operations Emergency Management plans also support ongoing health & safety... READ ARTICLE ...

Emergency Management - always last to be picked!

Back in my high school days, when playing sports, I was always the last to be picked by the team captains. They made fun of me because I was the smallest guy in the class. They nicknamed me Bigal to rub it in. Sometime they even argued not to have me on their team. “You take him…No you take him.” Maybe I should be thankful for this as I learned quickly to find excuses to skip Phys Ed and go... READ ARTICLE ...

'Do 1 Thing' - Your Call to Action

A Top Public Awareness Campaign: Do1Thing has grown into a national program in the United States, that has helped countless community members prepare for emergencies and disasters. It has been recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers as a top Public Awareness Campaign, and has a simple message: everyone can become prepared, using small steps each month. From Awareness,... READ ARTICLE ...

Communication Difficulty

Just because the teacher taught, doesn’t mean the learner learned, is an aphorism from education.  Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em…tell ‘em…then tell ‘em what you told ‘em is a catchy phrase we’ve all heard. I add that it’s the communicator’s responsibility to be understood, not the recipient’s responsibility to understand. Successful communication is very, very... READ ARTICLE ...

President's Message

Your Association OAEM has transformed dramatically in the last few years. We developed our world class website that received over five thousand views last month. We are very active on multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter and we are now live streaming events on YouTube! Our student membership has grown dramatically and we are working to help new grads break into... READ ARTICLE ...

17th OAEM Conference and Annual General Meeting

Registration is now open for our conference and annual general meeting. We have a diverse list of speakers and subject matter experts lined up from the public sector, private sector, NGOs and more. May 11 & 12, 2017 – Burlington, ON Keynote Speakers: Stephanie Durand -Public Safety Canada/Government of Canada Michael J. Morton -Director, Emergency Management, Office of the Fire... READ ARTICLE ...

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 ...