"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... READ MORE ...

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... READ MORE ...

OAEM Articles

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 ...

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 ...

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 can better serve Ontario’s students and the EM community? Would you like to take on a lead role in connecting Disaster and Emergency Management students to professionals and opportunities within the... READ ARTICLE ...

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. When pressed, we might even consider the isolated personnel of a polar research station, an aircraft carrier at sea or even a high level research station as being vulnerable populations. However,... READ ARTICLE ...