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

Scribe Training Program for the Emergency Operations Centre - CANCELLED

Starts: Apr 16th, 2020
Target Audience: Municipal, Provincial and Federal EOC Scribes. CEMCs, Private and Sector and NGO Scribes. EOC Program Managers and Consultants.

Advanced Crisis Communications Workshop - CANCELLED

Starts: May 11th, 2020
To better prepare Public / Media Information Officers (PIOs) to respond rapidly to crises in a responsible, ethical manner that helps defuse fear, minimizes damage to an organization’s reputation, helps victims heal, and moves the organization forward by providing information that will empower and engage myriad target audiences.

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

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 ...

Wireless alerts one year later, are Canadians safer?

By Jacob Westfell Wireless public alerting has been with us for one year already! Since April 2018, the CRTC has mandated that all wireless service providers in Canada distribute emergency alerts sent from Canada’s national public alerting system, Alert Ready, to their subscribers.  These alerts are generated by emergency officials across Canada to warn the public of hazards such as fires,... READ ARTICLE ...

Losing the mitigation battle

By Sean Maraj It’s a little known fact you don’t win elections on the environment or spending money on disaster mitigation projects. Don’t believe me? Ask former Liberal leader Stephane Dion about how far you get using the environment as your showpiece election policy, or take a look at Manitoba Premier Dufferin Roblin who was pretty much run out of office in the mid 1960’s for his crazy... READ ARTICLE ...