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Scope of the Review

  • Examine the Wildfire event to the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and propose strategies to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk for the RMWB.
  • Examine the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z1600-14 (Emergency and Continuity Management Program) and contrast CSA Z1600-14 to the RMWB’s incident response to the Wildfire.
  • Review the existing business model for Emergency Management from a best practices perspective, taking into consideration Wood Buffalo’s geographical area, demographics, and population.
  • Review, analyze and recommend planning and preparation structures to enable adaptive, scalable, and flexible emergency management systems.
  • Propose lessons learned to eliminate or reduce risks to a future wildfire event through prevention measures and structural and non-structural mitigation measures (FireSmart measures to be included).
  • Assess and propose lessons learned for the transition from response to recovery, specifically the setup of governance and organization; clarity of command and control; transition from reactive to proactive planning cycles; and flow of information.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the recovery framework utilized.
  • Assess and propose lessons learned for the RMWB’s use, access to or integration with available wildfire forecasting and predictive planning tools (including, but not exclusive to, infrared technology and fire weather modeling technologies).
  • Analyze the RMWB Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) and define lessons learned or propose changes to warning notices and / or readiness levels.
  • Assess lessons learned for the implementation and operations of the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) including: organizational structure and resourcing; command and control including the roles of the Director of Emergency Management (DEM) and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the RMWB, as well as communications structures; evacuation management; consequence management; delivery of emergency social services (ESS); information management.
  • Review the pet rescue program that was implemented through response and recovery.
  • Assess lessons learned for the implementation of the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Review the decision-making process to better understand the associated risks, examine the decision framework for the “evacuation” declaration and propose recommendations for community based evacuation plans that recognize the uniqueness of each community. Factors to include: legislative authority and legal framework; information flow; risk management; decision-making process; and engagement and communications processes.
  • Define lessons learned related to the integration of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) within the REOC and within the Recovery Task Force.
  • Review and summary of disaster recovery legislation, regulations, and standards to outline best practices for future all hazards which may occur in our region.

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