Book Club - Exploring Normal Accidents: Living with High Risk Technologies

By now most of you should be finished or most of the way through our first book, and we will be opening up the discussion portion of the book club. I am posting some discussion questions to get us started,... READ MORE ...

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... READ MORE ...

OAEM Articles

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 ...

We Want to Hear from YOU!

As Emergency Management Professionals we are great at conducting post-incident debriefs. The tried and true: What went well? What did not go well? Opportunities for improvement? Your Board of Directors (past and present) have put in significant effort over the last several years to strengthen and grow YOUR association. We have strengthened our web and social media presence, began developing... READ ARTICLE ...

The Hidden Hazard: Data without Structure in Emergency Management

Big data and analytics present myriad possibilities for emergency management specialists and first responders. Some of these benefits include understanding site-level impacts as they develop in real-time, adding value to programs such as Business Continuity, and creating intelligence to be used in the Planning Section of an Emergency Operations Centre. But what exactly is Big Data? Many people think... READ ARTICLE ...

New Professional Development: Mental Health in the EOC

Fresh Professional Development Topics Our Continuing Professional Development Team has been working hard to bring fresh opportunities for professional emergency managers to hone our skillsets. The first in this exciting new series will address the challenging topic of mental health in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Event Details: Mental Health in the EOC This event will be held in partnership... READ ARTICLE ...

OAEM and DCC team to present the 2018 Ontario Disaster & Emergency Management Conference

The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) is pleased to announce a partnership with Diversified Communications Canada (DCC), who previously presented The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM), to produce a new conference that will serve the needs of the greater emergency management community.  The new conference is to be delivered in Toronto, Canada, on October 3-4, 2018. The... READ ARTICLE ...