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... READ MORE ...

OAEM Events

Rail Safety and Emergency Management

Starts: May 15th, 2018
Guest Speakers include: David Clarke (Instructor, Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI)) Michael Heeringa (Dangerous Goods Officer at CN) Chris Nicholson (Sr Dangerous Goods Officer at CN)

OAEM Annual General Meeting 2018

Starts: May 16th, 2018
Join us for presentations, awards and have your say at our OAEM Annual General Meeting 2018. This is your opportunity to participate in and shape the home of Ontario's Emergency Management community!

Northern Communities - Emergency Management Needs of Persons with Disabilities

Starts: Jun 5th, 2018
The presentation will focus on a Pan-Territorial project undertaken in Canada's North, resulting in a number of publications that were developed for use by the community of Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and the public education departments of EMO s and first responder organizations, the training that was provided to first responder organizations and the documents on disability awareness and inclusion that were developed for use in the education system, including a document on student safety for use by the educators to prepare emergency evacuation plans for students with disabilities of all types.
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OAEM Articles

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 ...

Incident Management and Cyber Security

As a consultant, I've been fortunate to see an increasing number of organizations accept that they need to improve their ability to respond to a range of emergencies and disruptions. While this shift has been slow, it's becoming commonplace to see diverse organizations adopting the practices and methodologies that emergency managers have used for years, ranging from the creation of dedicated business... READ ARTICLE ...

Emergency Social Services is about customer service

By Mark D. Evans If I told you I was good enough at cutting hair, would you let me give you a haircut? If your answer was yes, I would be glad to meet you with a bowl, maybe some hedge trimmers and a pair of safety scissors to prove my point further. It is almost guaranteed that you would say something to me far less polite than “this looks really terrible” (in truth, it would look very bad). But... READ ARTICLE ...

Call for Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award nominations

The Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award is a prestigious recognition for exceptional service and achievement. This award, a partnership between provincial, territorial and federal governments, recognizes recipients who have achieved excellence in their respective fields. Awards will be granted in five categories: o   Resilient Communities; o   Search and Rescue Volunteers; o   Search... READ ARTICLE ...

Seeing the grey: A call for leadership and passion

I have often been told that I see the “grey” in what some would perceive as black and white situations; a mantra that I try to intuitively apply to every facet of life.  I can compare “seeing the grey” to a well-known and often quoted musical adage; that to fully appreciate the music you need to listen to the space between the notes. You see, I completed my undergraduate degree in music and... READ ARTICLE ...