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OAEM looks for volunteers to assist with a variety of projects throughout the year. Here is how it works: Check the job board for volunteer job calls  -OR-  Sign up for volunteer job call email... READ MORE ...
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Path to Success Winter Education Series

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OAEM Articles

On a Code of Ethics for Emergency Management

By David Etkin A number of years ago when I first began to get really interested in ethics, I thought back to my time as a federal civil servant and wondered if we had a code of ethics to guide our behavior and decision making. I didn’t even know! With a little research, I found it[1], and after looking it over did recall having to read it (or something like it) when I first entered public service.... READ ARTICLE ...

A "Cerebellum Perspective" in Emergency Management

by Amber Rushton The Chinese General, Sun Tzu, a recognized military strategist, is widely known for his work: The Art of War (1). It is in this treatise that he counter-intuitively states that the first rule was to avoid war at all cost due to varying constraints as a result on government, society, and the effected country. He concludes, however, with this thought: if war is the only option, to... READ ARTICLE ...

Alberta NGO Council during Response and Recovery to Fort McMurray Wildfires

By Steve Elliott, Samaritan's Purse Canada When the wildfire erupted west of Fort McMurray in early May, our thoughts at Samaritans Purse Canada went immediately back to Slave Lake and the devastating wildfire in May of 2011.   As all of us in the NGO sectors do at times like this, we monitored newsfeeds and immediately began preparing for a disaster response and recovery operation. Samaritan’s... READ ARTICLE ...

Give Us Back Our Jobs

Give us back our jobs by Alain Normand [caption id="attachment_983" align="alignleft" width="200"] Alain Normand[/caption] Would you hire a tailor to perform surgery? A tailor knows how to cut and sew cloth; wouldn’t they be able to do the same with patients? Would you hire a construction worker to sell homes? A construction worker knows about buildings; wouldn’t they be good at selling... READ ARTICLE ...

Insurance discounts for Emergency Managers and Students

North City General Giving Emergency Managers a Leading Insurance Solution by Margaret Mieczkowski [caption id="attachment_1079" align="alignleft" width="200"] Margaret Mieczkowski[/caption] Emergency professionals such as Emergency Managers and First Responders are so often the unsung heroes, ensuring the safety of others as part of their day to day lives. North City General Insurance Brokers... READ ARTICLE ...

The Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium

by Patricia Martel [caption id="attachment_352" align="alignleft" width="200"] Patricia Martel[/caption] As a member of both the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers and the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet), I am thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to share some information on the upcoming annual CRHNet Symposium. The annual symposium will be held immediately following... READ ARTICLE ...

Going Beyond the Common

By Kevin Young, Industry Consultant at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure As I travel across the country with Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure showcasing emergency management software at conferences and events, a reoccurring conversational theme is: “It needs to be something I use every day”. What these folks mean is if they aren’t using an emergency management solution on a daily basis,... READ ARTICLE ...

Using ICS in Fort McMurray to generate a big impact, quickly

By Paul Hassanally For most of the month of June, 2016 I had the opportunity to deploy to Fort McMurray with an Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) called Team Rubicon to help the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) facilitate the re-entry of evacuated residents. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response... READ ARTICLE ...

No carrot and no stick

By Alain Normand, Manager, Brampton Emergency Management Office (BEMO) You all know the story of the carrot and the stick. You use the carrot to encourage the donkey to pull the cart or you use the stick to force the donkey forward. Each option assumes that you have the proper tool, either a carrot or a stick. A few weeks ago, CEMCs in Ontario received the annual form letter from the Chief of... READ ARTICLE ...

Technology and Building Support

By: Kevin Young, Industry Consultant at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure The Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure team recently attended the 2016 Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) annual general conference and meeting.  Well done to all involved in the coordination and delivery of this event – the sessions were informative, the attendees engaged, and I am still mulling over many... READ ARTICLE ...