The following examines emerging emergency management issues related to the risk to people, property and the environment such as from industrial activities (oil or hazardous material releases) and nature (forest fires, floods, seismic). The discussions look at the challenges and solutions facing emergency planners and communities.
The following is a letter to the Pacific States/BC Oil Spill Task Force conveying EnviroEmerg’s comments on the planning and response capabilities for marine oil spills on the U.S./Canadian Area of the Pacific Coast Project. Report can be found at the Task Force web site.
The following provides an overview of the April 20th, 2010 oil rig fire, sinking and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: what went wrong and limitations of spill response. The discussion is addresses Canadian limitations in alternative spill response technologies - in situ oil burning and dispersant use.
The following audio file is the CBC dramatization of the December 1988 Nestucca oil spill that oiled the West coast of Vancouver Island. It is a multi-part series that reinforces the need for both industry and government to share the responsibility to be prepared for an oil spill and - OR - live with the consequences of a scathing evaluation. ABOUT 1 HOUR LONG - VERY ENTERTAINING LISTENING.
The following provides a list of “timeless tactical truths” that remind emergency managers and response personnel why they need to plan and prepare.
IF YOU KNOW OR THINK OF OTHER TTT's.... feel free to e-mail to EnviroEmerg and will be added to the list.
The following discussion examines the mission and dual roles of the Federal (Canadian) Regional Environmental Emergency Response Team (REET) of Environment Canada and the Environmental Unit (EU) functioning under the Incident Command System (ICS) for a Marine Oil Spill in Canada.
The following is synposis of a letter to Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety Canada. February 2009 calling for the federal government to adopt the Incident Command System to build both response capability and capacity in Canada.
The following provides an overview of the salient aspects of a pandemic influenza on corporate or government personnel welfare and on their business continuity. The discussion provides examples of visible leadership at the executive level as well as some tangible prevention actions. This process of preparedness builds institutional well being at very little cost.
Unified Command is the corner stone on the Incident Command System (ICS) when more than one agency or jurisdiction - as well as a company - is involved in emergency management at the site (Command Post) and field (tactical) levels of response. However, Unified Command is the least understood aspect of ICS.
The following explores common challenges and issues to be prepared for a large-scale an emergency such as a spill, flood or fire. The are largely “institutional” challenges and therefore difficult to remedy. These challenges are common both in industry and government - worldwide.