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Prepare your business for emergencies: Emergency Preparedness Week 2017

Did you know that 25% of businesses close after experiencing a disaster? This year, resolve to keep your people safe and business running by getting prepared.

 

Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face – whether natural or human-induced.

 

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2017) encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need. This special week is a national effort of provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, and Public Safety Canada.

 

At Black Gold Emergency Planners, we can help prepare your business with your specialized needs. But it’s also important for each of us to prepare individually—and as families. Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better—both during and after a major disaster.

 

Read on for tips on how you can improve you and your family’s resiliency in face of emergencies.*
 

1. Know the risks

Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to your community and region can help you better prepare.

 

2. Make a plan

It will help you and your family know what to do in case of disaster.
 

3. Get an emergency kit

During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

 

Visit www.GetPrepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.

 

Test your emergency preparedness knowledge

 

1. A family emergency plan should NOT include which of the following?
A Information about your children’s school(s)
B The name and phone number of an out-of-town contact person
C A list of important phone numbers, including those of doctors and emergency services
D Arrangements for each person in the family to be at a specific land line telephone at a specific time
E A meeting spot outside your home and one outside your neighbourhood in case you need to leave the area

 

The answer is D. The arrangements for each family member to be at a specific land line telephone at a specific time may not be possible or useful under many conditions, as people may have to relocate or evacuate entirely during a disaster. Families should create an emergency plan and carry important information with them so they know how to get in touch and get back together during an emergency. Finally, both telephone land lines and cellular phones may be overloaded or out of service during or after an emergency, so knowing in advance where to meet is important.

 

2. How many litres of water per day per person should you have in your basic emergency kit?
A 1 litre per day per person
B 3 litres per day per person
C 2 litres per day per person
D 4 litres per day per person
The answer is C. At least two litres of water are recommended per person per day. (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order.)

 

3. Which tool allows you to learn about historical information on disasters which have directly affected Canadians, at home and abroad, over the past century?
A Weatheradio
B Canadian Disaster Database
C Natural Hazards and Emergency Response
D Disaster Management Canada
The answer is B. The Canadian Disaster Database contains references to all types of Canadian disasters, including those triggered by natural hazards, technological hazards or conflict (not including war). The database describes where and when a disaster occurred, who was affected, and provides a rough estimate of the direct costs.

 

5. Which of the following items should NOT be included in a basic emergency supply kit?
A Water (two litres of water per person per day)
B Food
C Manual can opener
D Cash
E Comfortable shoes
The answer is E. While sturdy protective shoes are important during and after a disaster, they are not necessary for survival. You can learn more about the basics of survival by visiting GetPrepared.ca.

 

Fact or Fiction: Are the following statements true or false?

Water can be purified with soap.
False – Boil water for 10 minutes or disinfect water by adding unscented bleach. Add 3-4 drops of bleach per litre of water with an eyedropper (do not reuse eyedropper for any other purpose). Mix well and let stand for 30 minutes. The water should smell faintly of chlorine. If it does not, repeat the steps and leave for another 30 minutes.

 

You can walk through moving flood waters as long as the water level is no higher than your waist.
False – One of the worst floods in Canada’s history occurred in July 1996 in the Saguenay River Valley, in Quebec. Ten people died and 15,825 others were evacuated when flood waters swept through thousands of homes, businesses, roads and bridges. The flood was caused by 36 straight hours of heavy rainfall, for a total accumulation of 290 mm (approximately to the knees). Estimated damages: $1.5 billion.

 

Tape prevents window glass from shattering during a hurricane.
False – Storm shutters can be put into windows and exposed panes. This is the simplest and most economical way to protect your house.

 

Roughly 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.
True – Although the most powerful earthquakes occur near the Pacific Rim, there are a number of Canadian cities that are vulnerable to earthquakes, particularly Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria and Quebec City. Most of the injuries resulting from an earthquake are caused by falling objects. Use screw eyes and iron wire to hang frames and mirrors on walls.

 

Tornadoes occur only in the spring.
False – Tornadoes occur most often in the spring and during the summer, but they may form any time of the year.

 

Destructive hail storms occur most often in late spring and in the summer.
True – In June, most hail storms occur in southern Canada and the north central United States. Violent storms may deposit enough hail to completely cover the ground, damage crops or block storm sewers. Up to 2% of the value of crops is destroyed by hail every year.

 

At Black Gold Emergency Planners we are also well equipped to help with all of your business continuity planning, employee training, mapping and rapid mass notification services to help your team manage emergencies quickly and more effectively.
Contact us to learn more.

 

*Content from Government of Canada, Get Prepared

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Marlin Hovrisko
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Founder & President

Marlin Hovrisko is the founder and President of Black Gold Emergency Planners and BGGoPlan®. With more than 20 years of experience in emergency preparedness, oil and gas project management and business operations, Marlin has helped grow the company from a loft to a continent.

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 Swan
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VP Operations

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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Curtis Herron
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Emergency Response Manager

As Emergency Response Manager, Curtis Herron focuses on quality assurance and quality control in Emergency Response Planning. With a decade of experience in emergency response, he is well known in the industry as a skilled problem solver. His role with Black Gold Emergency Planners and BGGoPlan® includes being Project Manager, Senior Client Advisor and overseeing emergency response training programs.

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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Tammy Bonderenko
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Office Manager

Tammy Bonderenko has worked in office management for over 19 years and ensures the smooth day-to-day operation of the Black Gold office. Her responsibilities include office administration, finance, facilities management among many others.

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 Reitenbach
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Operations Manager

A natural leader and strategist, Chantale Reitenbach is instrumental in developing and maintaining Emergency Response Plans for a wide range of clients. With over a decade of experience in the field, Chantale focuses on building practical programs that meet clients’ needs.

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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Tori Wohlfarth
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Project Manager

Tori Wohlfarth joined Black Gold in 2004 as an Emergency Response Planner and has since worked her way up to Senior Emergency Response Planner. Tori has thirteen years of experience in managing Emergency Response Planning programs, liaising with government agencies and developing public awareness campaigns.

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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Chris Bijl
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Senior Emergency Response Planner

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
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Project Manager

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.

He has a proven background developing and maintaining liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development and response coordination.

As a senior emergency response planner/project manager, Mandeep delivers expertise in business management principals, strategic planning, leadership, and coordination of people and resources.

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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Alecia Beauchamp
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Project Manager

Alecia Beauchamp has joined Black Gold as a Senior Emergency Response Planner and brings with her a wealth of knowledge including over a decade of experience specific to the development, implementation and management of Emergency Response Programs.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Alecia most recently worked as a Project Manager/Senior Emergency Response Planner. In addition to overseeing the development and updating of emergency response programs, Alecia’s responsibilities also included managing a variety of regulatory/compliance projects across western Canada. During this time, she participated in hundreds of emergency response planning exercises and real-life emergencies.

Alecia has completed the Principles of Health and Safety Management and Auditor Training Program. Alecia has also recently started working towards a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety through the University of New Brunswick and is eager to complete the course in 2017.

In the summer of 2016 Alecia and her husband welcomed their first child Olivia. When not at work, Alecia is enjoying her role as a mother and spending time with her friends and family including their two dogs Teddy and Paddington.
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David Mitterhuber
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Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

David Mitterhuber joined Black Gold in 2004 as a GIS Technician. For the past 12 years, he has been instrumental in developing maps for drilling, facility and corporate emergency response programs.

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.

For David, training does not end at work. During soccer season, you’ll find him busy volunteering or coaching his children’s soccer teams.
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Philip Poole
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Training Manager

Having joined the Black Gold team in 2017, Philip Poole brings with him a blend of regulatory knowledge, audits and has an extensive background in conducting specialized training in emergency response and business continuity planning.

Clients have relied on Philips’ experience to provide them with guidance before, during and after incidents and emergencies have taken place. Philip has also proven himself to be a key asset in assisting clients during real emergencies and with post-incident reporting, on numerous occasions.

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.

Philip has a British Army background that has been followed by 8+ years in the oil and gas sector, with experience in both operations, public consultations, emergency response planning training. He has added more than 10 years of emergency management and response experience though pervious employment and subsequent employment with Black Gold.

Outside of work, Philip enjoys spending time with his family, distance shooting (marksmanship), watching and playing both football and rugby.
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Darcy Stratmoen
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Public Consultation Specialist

Darcy Stratmoen joined Black Gold in 2006 as a Public Consultation Specialist. His role involves doing public consultations across Western Canada for energy related industrial projects that include H2S gas and liquid natural gas (LNG) assets, rail facilities, and flaring operations. Other responsibilities include extensive field mapping duties, summarizing and daily reporting of resident issues to clients and compiling/recording field data into a secure relational database.

Darcy holds a Diploma in Land and Water Resource Management from Olds College and he is also trained in ICS 200. Darcy assists our Senior Training Consultant in the field during Major Training Exercises.

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 Belvoir


Technology Manager

Shona Belvoir joined the BGGoPlan team in 2017, taking on the role of Technology Manager. She brings enthusiasm, positivity and passion to our application development team along with over 17 years of training and education experience.

Before BGGoPlan, Shona worked for an engineering firm where she focused on marketing and business development. She has worked in a variety of industries, each with a different realm of clientele which has provided her a well-rounded business outlook.

Within the BGGoPlan ERP mobile APP department, Shona conducts training and demo sessions for clients in addition to ensuring the installation and administration of the application technology. Her focus for the APP is technological development and improvement, and to ensure clients understand its functionality.

Shona attended the University of Calgary and earned her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Communications and Marketing.

Outside of work, Shona is very family focused, you can find her escorting her two children to their various sporting activities, volunteering and spending as much time with her kids as possible. She is very active, and enjoys walking her dog, running, skiing, playing tennis, swimming, and riding motorcycles.