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Emergency Preparedness Week 2019

By Gillian MacDonald in Blog, Emergency Preparedness

Are you prepared?

 

Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week occurs annually for one week in the month of May. The goal of EP Week is to encourage Canadians to take concrete steps in ensuring that their households and workplaces are prepared in the event of an emergency.

 

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What is considered an emergency?

 

Emergencies come in all shapes and forms. Canadians and people around the world are encouraged to have supplies and emergency kits that will last them for at least 72 hours. An emergency could mean a fire, flood, tornado, lightning, or avalanche, to name a few. It is essential to understand what types of emergencies could happen in your community.

 

Do you know the risks and are you prepared?

 

Three steps for preparedness:

 

Three simple steps can better prepare you in the event of an emergency. The three steps are (1) know the risks, (2) make a plan, (3) get an emergency kit.

 

 

1. Know the risks

 

All across Canada, there are different risks for each region, understanding what could occur in your area is essential to being emergency ready. Since numerous hazards could happen, various steps can be done to prepare.

 

For example, before a flood occurs:      

 

  • Turn off basement furnaces or electrical equipment.
    • If any water is already present, do not attempt to shut off electricity.
  • Purchase sandbags.
  • Move any furniture or valuables.
  • Remove toxic substances to prevent pollution in the flood area.

 

Above all, listen to the directive of your local authorities.

 

Source: Calgary Herald, “Timeline: How the great flood of 2013 evolved”

Source: Calgary Herald, “Timeline: How the great flood of 2013 evolved”

During an emergency:

 

  • Call 911 (where available).
  • Follow your emergency plan and get your emergency kit.
  • Help yourself before you help others.
  • Shelter-in-place, stay where you are and wait for further instructions.
  • Follow evacuation orders (if applicable).
    • Call an out-of-town contact to ensure they know where you are going.

 

After an emergency:

 

It is essential that you stay calm. Depending on the severity of the emergency, you should check yourself for injuries, then check to see if anyone else has injuries or needs help.

 

It is also essential to ensure you have enough water that can last you and your family a prolonged period of time. If there is still running water, fill up the bathtub or sink, so you have drinking water.

 

If you do not have running water, remember you have ice cube trays and hot water tanks that can be used.

 

2. Make a plan

 

Emergencies never occur at “a good time,” so you need to be prepared for an emergency to occur at any time. Having a plan for your family or business is essential to ensure you stay calm and understand what to do.

 

Get Prepared has an excellent online resource where you can create and print an emergency plan. If you do not want to make it online, it also offers a printable version that you and your family can fill out together. Once your plan is created, you should go over it with your family and make sure everyone understands the plan.

 

Please visit www.getprepared.gc.ca for more information on how you can create your emergency plan.

 

3. Get an emergency kit

 

In the event of an emergency, you will need basic and essential supplies. It is possible that you will not have access to tap water or power for an extensive amount of time. It is recommended that you have enough supplies for at least 72 hours.

 

It is suggested that emergency kits are stored in accessible places and are easily transportable. In your home, you may already have necessary supplies, such as food, water and wind-up flashlights. However, it is essential that you keep some of the supplies in a pre-determined spot for ease and accessibility during an emergency.

 

For a full list of items that you should keep in your kit, please visit www.getprepared.gc.ca for more information.

 

Calgary Disaster Risk Explorer

 

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Source: City of Calgary “Calgary Disaster Risk Explorer”

 

If you call Calgary home, the City of Calgary has released a Disaster Risk Explorer for our city. This Risk explorer goes through all  the possible disasters that can impact the city; some of the disasters include infrastructure, drought, blizzard, heat, rain, flooding, tornado and winter storms.

 

Within each category, the city shows the risk consequence scoring, which represents the potential consequences of the risk. It also demonstrates the consequence and the level of likelihood of the disaster to happen.

 

This is a beneficial tool for Calgarians to understand the risks within the city and how to deal with them when they occur.

 

Please visit https://maps.calgary.ca/DisasterRiskExplorer/ to see all of the potential risks to the City of Calgary.

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As Black Gold president, Marlin oversees the consulting business, while at the same time driving innovation and growth across all markets. Prior to founding Black Gold, Marlin built a leading edge, technology-based consulting service.

Marlin has a BSc. from the University of Calgary. He is proud of the Black Gold family-like office atmosphere and attributes the company’s success to his committed, experienced, long-term project managers.

Outside of work, you can find Marlin watching his daughter ride her show jumping horse, attending ringette games or chasing walleye across North America.
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Jason is a passionate leader who ensures operational excellence in the company. He understands that preparedness and safety are integral elements of any successful business. His main motivation is to design meaningful programs to help people communicate and respond effectively in emergency situations.

Jason joined Black Gold Emergency Planners and BGGoPlan® in 2006 and manages employees, develops business goals and assists in the development of effective emergency response plans for a diverse group of clients.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Jason was the Environmental, Safety and Regulatory Manager at Samson Canada. He holds a BSc. from the University of Calgary, diploma in Chemical Engineering from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).

Jason is a family man who is working with his wife to raise their children to appreciate the arts, history, science and the world around them.
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In his previous position as a Senior Emergency Response Advisor with a major producer, he oversaw a multi-level emergency response process that helped protect people, the environment, corporate assets and reputation.

He has an Applied Degree in Criminal Justice from Lethbridge Community College.

When not at work, Curtis enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, family and dog Napoleon. Curtis is a major sports fan and enjoys playing baseball and golf.
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Prior to joining Black Gold, Tammy worked in the oil and gas sector as office manager and field contract liaison in Cold Lake, Alberta for over 15 years.

In addition to spending time with her family, Tammy has been involved with the Cold Lake Youth Bowling Canada and was also the chairperson for 5-pin bowling for the 2010 Alberta Winter Games.  Tammy is an avid hockey and football fan and enjoys cheering for the hometown teams. Tammy loves pets and often tells stories about the antics of her dogs.
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Chantale brings enthusiasm and resourcefulness to each of her projects in a continued effort to deliver value and improve efficiencies.

Prior to joining Black Gold Emergency Planners and BGGoPlan®, Chantale completed her BA in Psychology, followed by her BComm in Finance.

Over the last 25 years, Chantale has played women’s soccer at the national and provincial level and is also a competitive runner. She also coaches her two young daughters in soccer.
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Prior to joining Black Gold, Tori worked as a project coordinator at Certus Strategies where she worked on risk assessments and mitigation strategies for high profile public consultation projects.

Tori is a generous, caring team player who recognizes the importance of safety management strategies and preparedness. Her focus and enthusiasm sets the foundation for success both professionally and personally.

When not at work, she can be found volunteering at the ringette rink with her daughter.
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A seasoned leader with an esteemed military career, Chris Bijl brings close to three decades of experience to Black Gold as a Senior Emergency Response Planner. He is certified to the Incident Command System 300 level and constantly strives to increase his knowledge about the industry.

Chris has spent recent years working directly with clients in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry. His 28 years of operational and administrative experience as a senior manager in the Canadian Forces includes two United Nations tours as a Military Observer. This specialized training and experience gives Chris a unique advantage. He applies these skills today by helping clients prepare, coordinate and execute responses to all types of operational emergencies and threats.

Chris holds a BA from Saint Francis Xavier University and a BSc. in Information Technology from DeVry University. 
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Mandeep Dhesi is an accomplished, solutions focused professional offering extensive experience in emergency response planning.

He has over 6 years of experience in preparing emergency response plans and coordinating crisis management activities within the petroleum industry.

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He has attended the Northern Institute of Technology (NAIT) majoring in Emergency Management, and is currently working towards obtaining his Associate Business Continuity Practitioner (ABCP) Designation. Mandeep has also received numerous certifications from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Response Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.
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As the Black Gold GIS lead, David reviews and coordinates all mapping activity, ensuring that mapping criteria are met according to regulatory guidelines. He also assists with the training and implementation of the Emergency Messaging Application (EMA) for resident notifications.

David holds a BSc. from the University of Calgary and a Marketing Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. David has recently completed the Project Management Extension Certificate at Mount Royal University.

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Prior to working for Black Gold, Philip worked for Deliotte LLP where he worked with some of the biggest oil & gas companies in the world. Philip has a willingness to share his knowledge gained from his experiences.

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On his days off, Darcy looks forward to spending time with his young daughter. He is also passionate about outdoor recreation activities such as camping, hunting, and ATV’ing.
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Shona attended the University of Calgary and earned her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Communications and Marketing.

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Prior to joining Black Gold, Brad worked as a Project Manager / Emergency Response Coordinator, where he managed all aspect of Emergency Response Programs. Brad’s responsibilities included client management, liaising with government agencies, conducting public / stakeholder consultations and facilitating emergency response training programs.

Brad attended the Criminal Justice Program at Lethbridge Community College and is a NFPA 1001 Level 2 Firefighter. Brad is also an ICS Canada approved instructor for levels I-100 and I-200 and is working toward I-300/I-400 instructor status.

Away from the office, Brad enjoys spending time with his family, and watching his two children playing various sports. When not at the rink or gymnasium, he enjoys camping and spending time at the lake.