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 …

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Tips for Creating an Emergency Management career. Reprise.

Recently Amber Rushton, a fellow board member at the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM), posted a great article from Emergency Management Magazine Online. The article is entitled '4 tips for creating an Emergency Management Career'. Even though it is now almost 4 years old it remains sound advice for early-career professionals in the field. Read …

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Bridging the Gap: Emergency Management Students to Professionals

This year has been an incredible professional journey for me. It has helped put into perspective a number of issues and challenges I've struggled with over the early stages of my professional career in Disaster and Emergency Management (EM), which began in 2009. These challenges fall into 5 categories, and I hope my thoughts on each will …

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Canada’s Disaster Relief Costs Rise with weather trends

Federal Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) are expected to substantially increase over the next five years, according to a report released today from the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO). The PBO exists to provide independent analysis to parliament on financial issues. The main motivation for the report is the trend of growing costs …

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Surya Kiran IX: The India-Nepal Response Relationship

Today marks another significant milestone in the disaster response relationship between India and Nepal. From today until February 21st, a large-scale military exercise will take place within the Pithoragarh District, in Uttarakhand, India. The history of this exercise is significant, dating back to 2011 in a formal capacity, with 8 previous full-scale international exercises along themes of pandemic/epidemic control, …

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