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The Value of Social Capital and Emergent Groups

Last week we had the pleasure to attend the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. Great event! The diversity of delegates’ disciplines, the international perspectives, and the quality of sessions were all excellent. Although the Disaster Management field can at times be a fairly diverse mix of Risk Management, Business Continuity, Crisis Communications, Emergency …

Business continuity lessons from the Moncton and Boston manhunts

Last week in Moncton, New Brunswick, a 24-year-old gunman went on a rampage shooting five RCMP officers, killing three of them and severely injuring the other two. The incident began at 7:20pm and the ensuing manhunt carried on for 28 hours until he was captured. As chronicled on Wikipedia: “Up to 300 police personnel were involved in the search. Pedestrians and …

Spring thaw exposes flood anxieties and still-frozen emergency communications plans

With the anniversary of the Southern Alberta floods looming, are organizations now any better prepared for emergencies? CALGARY, ALBERTA– From cold snaps and ice storms to polar vortex windchill, Canadians are emerging from one of the coldest and snowiest winters in decades. It has been a long, bitter winter but are we really ready for spring? Questions around emergency preparedness are …

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After One of the Worst Winters Ever, the Spring Melt Prompts Better Emergency Communications Planning for Potential Flooding

Like most Canadians, you probably think this long and bitter cold winter has been the most extreme weather you’ve seen in years. And you’d be right. It’s no exaggeration because it literally has been the worst winter in decades. Record-breaking temperature drops, blizzards and ice storms have immobilized urban centres all season. Winnipeg recorded its second coldest winter on record …

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Tech for Good: Leveraging Mobile Technology in the Search for Missing Children

According to Brian Palmer, Slate magazine’s ‘chief explainer,’ it all started with a few pamphlets in the 1970s. At the time, police were often reluctant to intervene when noncustodial parents took off with their children, viewing these incidents as domestic disagreements rather than as kidnappings. Frustrated custodial parents decided to take matters into their own hands, distributing pamphlets containing photographs …

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Are Natural Disasters Actually Becoming More Common, or Does It Just Feel That Way?

Recently, it seems like every time one turns on CNN or checks their social media sites, they are bombarded by the news of a natural disaster somewhere in the world. Massive earthquakes, 20 foot high tsunamis, raging wildfires, devastating hurricanes, severe droughts, and exploding volcanoes.  What’s going on? Are there really more disasters happening now then there were a generation ago? Depending on how …

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Also Striving for Excellence at the Sochi Olympics: National Delegations’ Operations Teams

Later this week the 22nd Winter Olympics will begin in Sochi, Russia. 88 nations will participate in a range of 98 events, in front of a worldwide audience of billions. No doubt there will be some remarkable sports achievements and a variety of teams and athletes will capture our hearts with display of years of hard work in the pursuit …