Emergency response and emergency resilience
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Responding to disasters caused by natural events, such as fires, floods or storms, infrastructure failures or terrorism, is highly complex. Improve your organisations’ emergency preparedness through risk assessments, training exercises and after‑action reviews.Connect with an expert
Hazard-informed risk assessment
A systematic approach to understanding hazards.
Discover how our risk assessments inform local priorities for emergency preparedness. Our experts employ best practices and methodologies to evaluate the specific hazards affecting your community or municipality.
Emergency response plans
During an emergency is not the time to develop an effective response plan.
We work with municipalities, communities and infrastructure owners and operators to develop emergency response plans based on their risks. Emergency response plans serve as the essential baseline for rehearsals, exercises and for priority investment.
identify areas of improvement to guide investments
After the response is over, an after-action review allows leaders to understand what happened and the contributing factors leading up to event. Informed by facts and evidence, an after-action review identifies areas for improvement to guide investment priorities.
Emergency management projects
- In partnership with Public Safety Canada
New Brunswick border Traffic management contingency plan
Calian supported the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety (NB PS), in partnership with Public Safety Canada (PS), to develop a Border Traffic Contingency Plan. The Plan, the result of one-day scenario-based workshop with Canadian and US government reps private critical infrastructure sector companies, was validated by the province of NB and the stakeholder communities that will be affected by traffic disruptions between New Brunswick and Maine at the major commercial border crossings.
- Ontario Ministry of Transport
Cross border traffic management Plan for Ontario Ministry of Transport
Calian worked closely with the province of Ontario’s Ministry of Transport to develop a common provincial Border Incident Management Plan as part of the Beyond the Borders initiative to support traffic management during an emergency that affects one or more of the Ports of Entry (POE) in Ontario. Elements of this project included: two site-specific plans (Ambassador Bridge in Windsor and the Bluewater Bridge near Sarnia), exercise design, Top Exercise (TTX) developed and conducted with stakeholders and reworking the plans to reflect the observations of the participants.
- City of Burlington Ontario
City of Burlington functional exercise
Calian designed and delivered a 2 day training and exercise event for over 90 members of the City of Burlington’s emergency management team (EMT). Working with the city, Calian create a scenario that was based on the city’s 2014 flooding and by reviewing Ontario’s Incident Management System (IMS) used at the time of the event. This engagement included: a half day of training for each EMT shift and a half day immersive exercise using Calian ResponseReady™, innovative evaluation system that measured the information exchange within the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during its operational response, data collection by the evaluators and a summary report where an improvement plan was presented to the City of Burlington.
- City of Ottawa
City of Ottawa floods after action review
Calian was contracted to evaluate the response of the City of Ottawa to the flooding event in May 2017 that affected three Ottawa districts to execute an after action review (AAR). Through a 24 question web-survey and face-to-face interviews with city councillors and members of the emergency response organizations, detailed quantitative and qualitative data was collected regarding the cities’ response efforts. The result of the evaluation was an after action report, detailing 12 opportunities for improvement, 4 best practices and recommendations on how the city could address these findings.
- Justice Institute of British Columbia
Training for Flammable liquids derailments
Calian executed Exercise Vulcan in 2016 at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). Led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) and Transport Canada (TC), this engagement was the result of recommendations made by the TC Emergency Response Task Force (ERTF) following the catastrophic derailment that occurred in Lac-Mégantic, QC in 2013. Elements of this project included: identifying current capability in responding to Class 3 flammable liquids derailments, training to raise awareness of volunteer firefighters in responding to derailments involving flammable liquids, Table Top Exercise (TTX), full-scale exercise delivery (FSX) and training session.
- Table top exercises
Transport Canada dangerous goods program
Table Top Exercises (TTXs) hosted by Transport Canada were designed and executed by Calian to build capabilities through the engagement of industry responders in complex exercises. Each of the TTXs involved the deliberate release of a chemical, biological or radiological threat in the area where the TTX was held. Exercises were held in Hamilton in 2012, Calgary in 2013, Montreal in 2013, Halifax in 2014, Toronto in 2015 and Vancouver in 2015. These exercises have been very successful in exploring the capabilities and limitations of a joint government/industry effort during the initial response, recovery and site remediation phases of these types of toxin release incidents. Calian provided lessons learned a guide for future planning.
- DRDC CSS
Exercise Northern Lights: International capability
In 2014, Calian worked with Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) and partners to develop exercise Northern Lights. This exercise is a capability exercise (CAPEX) that occurs every 2 years and involves response teams of law enforcement and military specialists from Canada, US, UK and Australia. CAPEX allows these teams to practice their response to complex scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological and explosive threats. The exercise took place at the RCMP’s Technical Protective Operations Facility near Ottawa. Calian coordinated the preparation of a scientific after action review report for the international community.
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