OAEM Community News Digest




June 2024 

  • PetSmart Charities of Canada Shines a  spotlight on disaster planning for Pet Preparedness Month, with resources ranging from checklists for evacuating with a pet to disaster response funding for family pets.
  • Toronto Pearson Airport conducts its annual security exercise, a simulated large scale explosion (bomb threat) at Terminal 1, on the evening of June 8th 2024. 
  • OAEM congratulates Hon. Trevor Jones Ontario MPP Chatham-Kent-Leamington on his appointment as the new Associate Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Response as part of Treasury Board Secretariat.
  • The Work and Mental Health Lab at Queen’s University are inviting first responders and public safety personnel in Ontario to participate in a survey-based research study titled Public safety personnel mental wellness: The impact of organizational factors. The study is focused on understanding how organizational factors impact the mental wellness and work outcomes of first responders and public safety personnel. Findings have the potential to influence local, provincial, and national groups, shaping work policies and practices. Participants in this study will contribute to a better understanding of how workplaces can support the well-being of individuals in the public safety sector. Benefits may also extend to families and communities, fostering healthier workplace environments. A link to the survey is available HERE.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada announces a $530 million investment in the Green Municipal Fund to assist municipalities with climate adaptation implementation projects. Eligible projects include public cooling/warming infrastructure, critical backup power, flood mitigation and wildfire risk mitigation. Deadline for applications is August 14, 2024.
  • On May 29, 2024 the Federal government released the Climate Science 2050: National Priorities for Climate Change Science and Knowledge Report. The report is closely aligned with the themes in the original CS2050, but also reflects the need for transdisciplinary science to address convergence research topics. It reflects the importance of advancing science on multiple fronts, including the disaster and emergency management sector. 

May 2024 

  • Board Announcements
    • OAEM is thrilled to welcome Oliver Moloney and Bethany Lee to the Board of Directors! 
    • OAEM welcomes Kevin Bull to the new role of Vice-President (Executive Board).  
  • Save the Date! OAEM's Annual General Meeting will take place on November 8, 2024. Stay tuned for details. 
  • Call for Student Engagement Committee (SEC) members. To learn more, contact Mubin Shaikh Director of Student Engagement at education@oaem.ca 
  • CPD Offerings
    • OAEM and FESTI to co-host the FEMA Public Information Officer Awareness Training Certificate Course with FEMA Instructor Rob Keller (PIO/JIC) at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute in Mississauga. This 3 day, in person course is scheduled for October 1-3, 2024. Registration is now open. Spaces are limited. 
    • Scribe Training for the EOC: Decision making and documentation with Training Facilitator Monique Rollin. Join OAEM for a 1 day virtual workshop. Registration is now open for the September 16, 2024 workshop offering. 
  • Join OAEM's Emergency Management Spotlight Series webinar event for May 2024 featuring guest speaker Thomas Rolfe, Ministry of Transportation Emergency Response Coordinator Northern Remote Airports. Learn about MTO's northern remote airport operations and their vital transportation link to Indigenous communities and essential services.