Do you follow speed limits only for fear of getting ticketed?

Compliance versus emergency management best practice By Alain Normand Speed limits on roads are supposed to be there for our safety. Over time, most of us – even the good drivers – have pushed... READ MORE ...

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2018 OAEM Student Awards results – Congratulations award recipients!  

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 ...

Recovering from floods in Brantford with Team Rubicon Canada

Team Rubicon Canada, a new volunteer organization brings new capabilities by utilizing the skills and experience of military veterans, emergency services responders and medical professionals to help communities bridge the gap between response and recovery. Last month I had the opportunity to deploy on Operation Great One in Brantford, Ontario with Team Rubicon Canada to help the community recover from... READ ARTICLE ...

Top 5 Reasons Mass-Scale Conferencing Should Be Part of Your Crisis Response Plan

By Carl Mavromichalis Managing Director, Converso and Associate, CS&A Crisis Management International What if I told you that there is technology available that can handle a live, 2-way conversation with hundreds or thousands of participants at once without hearing everyone talking at the same time? And what if I told you that you could call them all, rather than them having to call in? This... READ ARTICLE ...

Canadian Hearing Society’s Pilot Accessibility Project

By Suzanne Bernier, CEM, CBCP, MBCI – President of SB Crisis Consulting & Author of Disaster Heroes After being in the field of emergency management for over twenty years, I’m constantly inspired by and proud of the many achievements and advancements made in the field, thanks to all the dedicated and talented EM and BCP professionals across Ontario and Canada. One area that has seen significant... READ ARTICLE ...

We’ve come a long way but we’re not done - Diversity in emergency management

  By Alain Normand I attended a discussion the other day about bringing diversity into the fire department. The issue is that firefighters are usually white males and not necessarily representative of the fabric of our community. However, in trying to recruit people with more diversity, Fire Departments encounter huge difficulties. Females need to go through the same testing requirements... READ ARTICLE ...

Training volunteers to be prepared for disaster

By Linda Antoniadis Volunteers are the foundation of most charitable organizations. For the Canadian Red Cross, they are the front line for communities when disaster strikes. They are the “face” of the Red Cross that the community sees in time of disaster. Without the dedication of volunteer responders at any and all times of the day, the Red Cross could not effectively perform its humanitarian... READ ARTICLE ...

Highlights of Crisis and Reputation Management event

  By Scott Davis  On January 25, the OAEM hosted a new professional development theme with two engaging speakers, hosted at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto. The keynote speaker, Heath Applebaum, an international-award-winning crisis and reputation consultant, revealed his 10 Commandments of Reputation Management and shared insights on how we can all effectively help to protect... READ ARTICLE ...

Put your oxygen mask on first; implementing continuity from the municipal EO

By Alain Normand When I worked for the Public Safety Services in Gatineau, I remember an event where Fire Services was called to a home for an active fire. When they arrived on scene, they found out this was the home of one of the firefighters. The family was safe, but the home was compromised. In the debriefing after the response was over, it became evident that this had been a very different incident... READ ARTICLE ...