Incident Management and Cyber Security

As a consultant, I've been fortunate to see an increasing number of organizations accept that they need to improve their ability to respond to a range of emergencies and disruptions. While this shift has... READ MORE ...

The lamentable failure of emergency communication

By John Rainford, Director, The Warning Project Last year I facilitated a workshop of emergency management experts and front-line responders. I asked this group – drawn from across the country and... READ MORE ...

OAEM Articles

Emergency Social Services is about customer service

By Mark D. Evans If I told you I was good enough at cutting hair, would you let me give you a haircut? If your answer was yes, I would be glad to meet you with a bowl, maybe some hedge trimmers and a pair of safety scissors to prove my point further. It is almost guaranteed that you would say something to me far less polite than “this looks really terrible” (in truth, it would look very bad). But... READ ARTICLE ...

Call for Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award nominations

The Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award is a prestigious recognition for exceptional service and achievement. This award, a partnership between provincial, territorial and federal governments, recognizes recipients who have achieved excellence in their respective fields. Awards will be granted in five categories: o   Resilient Communities; o   Search and Rescue Volunteers; o   Search... READ ARTICLE ...

Seeing the grey: A call for leadership and passion

I have often been told that I see the “grey” in what some would perceive as black and white situations; a mantra that I try to intuitively apply to every facet of life.  I can compare “seeing the grey” to a well-known and often quoted musical adage; that to fully appreciate the music you need to listen to the space between the notes. You see, I completed my undergraduate degree in music and... READ ARTICLE ...

Registration for the OAEM Mentorship Program is now open!

Calling all Seasoned EM/BC Professionals, Students and Early Career Professionals! Registration for the OAEM Mentorship Program is now open! The OAEM mentorship program is now kicking off for the third time! The program is for college/university students based in Ontario who are studying in an emergency management educational program, or early career professionals based in Ontario who have graduated... READ ARTICLE ...

OFMEM Municipal Compliance Tool

The Emergency Management Branch of the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Municipal EMPCA Online Compliance Submission Tool’.  This tool was developed by OFMEM, with the assistance of CEMCs from across the province.  The tool provides CEMCs with the ability to provide OFMEM with their annual compliance submission online, including... READ ARTICLE ...

Mental Health and the EOC

OAEM’s Professional Development Series Reinforces its Mission of Promoting, Supporting, and Enhancing the Profession of Emergency Management Mental health and the impact it can have in the operational environment took centre stage at a recent professional development session held by the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers, on November 03, 2017 at the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre... READ ARTICLE ...

Three's a crowd - but you need a crowd to take care of an emergency

In Brampton, good things come in “threes”. At least when dealing with emergency management. We have three response teams, A, B and C. We offer training sessions three times to make sure all our teams get the full package. Finally, our exercise series is always a group of three sessions. In September and October 2017, we held exercise Tempest, a tornado exercise scenario. Tempest I was for... READ ARTICLE ...

"Preparing for the unexpected" - A new talk show for emergency management professionals

The world is changing.  Just watch the news and you’ll see something new and different every day.  That means us, as BCM/DR/EM professionals, need to change as well; from our planning practices, recovery protocols and restoration activities to how we network amongst ourselves and how we get our message out to the masses. Over the years, no matter the organization or the industry, getting one’s... READ ARTICLE ...

In Windsor, the rains came...again

The City of Windsor has had its share of flooding over the past year.  Last years’ rainfall, in October of 2016, overwhelmed the municipalities’ systems.  And again last month, the City experienced flooding due to weather systems that dumped hundreds of millimeters of precipitation resulting in 1000’s of flooded basements.  Only this time, the flooding was much more severe.  The track of... READ ARTICLE ...