Student Board Member Required

It is that time of year again - We are looking for a Student Board Member! Calling all OAEM student members, Are you an ambitious, driven and creative individual? Do you have new ideas on how OAEM... READ MORE ...

No Dogs Allowed: Ethics, Disaster Management and the Vulnerable Populations of Prisons

  Whenever we hear the phrase “vulnerable population,” our thoughts usually go to the obvious - those people and places where we find our most defenseless: hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.... READ MORE ...

OAEM Articles

Multi tasking is a myth

I recently did a test from a youtube video on multitasking or rather switchtasking as the presenter, Dave Crenshaw, calls it. The premise is that multi-tasking is a myth. Try the test yourself to understand why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCeGKxz3Q8Q In emergency management, multitasking should not be an option. The Incident Commander should be able to concentrate on one job which is to coordinate... READ ARTICLE ...

OAEM Donates to Canadian Red Cross Flood Relief Efforts

    Following another highly successful Conference and Annual General Meeting, the OAEM is proud to once again donate to the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in lieu of providing gifts to our conference speakers.   In 2016, the Association donated $500 on behalf of our conference speakers with the donation going to support the Canadian Red Cross as they responded... READ ARTICLE ...

OAEM student awards results are in!!!!

Background: The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) Student Awards were created to showcase the upcoming talent we have within our growing emergency management community. The criteria sought after for the OAEM Student Awards are as follows: high academic excellence, volunteerism, a high level of enthusiasm and interest in emergency management field and contributions to the emergency... READ ARTICLE ...

“First Friday” Branch Meetings at the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre

On April 7th, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) hosted our inaugural “First Friday” Branch Meeting at the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC), which included presentations from MTO, Georgina Township, and several OFMEM staff. We expanded our audience, normally limited to staff of the EM Branch, and invited GTA-area CEMCs, MEMCs, and federal partners. But... READ ARTICLE ...

7 Steps to Emergency Preparedness for Families

Teamwork I am often asked what spurred me to write my newly published book, 7 Steps to Emergency Preparedness for Families. The answer is twofold: a need for action, and a need for teamwork. Let me explain. We know that given the frequency and magnitude of disasters, there is an urgent need for families to prepare. Yet we also know that prevention is a hard sell. How do we motivate people to take... READ ARTICLE ...

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 ...