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Independent First Nations Alliance

Emergency Operations

PROGRAM OVERVIEWpagephotos_0003_emerg1

The IFNA Emergency Operations aim to be prepared and accessible to each member community in the event of a crisis. Strategies, procedures and programs have been developed to deploy Emergency Response teams to support and manage all community-level operations.

PROGRAM GOALS

Preparing and equipping our communities for emergencies through ground support, training and research.


PROGRAM SERVICES

24/7 EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS | OPERATIONAL SUPPORT & TRAINING | STRATEGIC OPERATIONS & RESEARCH

24/7 EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS

pagephotos_0002_emerg2In efforts to ensure that there are emergency response capabilities around the clock, the IFNA Emergency Operations staff have developed two services: the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and deployable Incident Management Teams (IMTs).

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

  • Prepared for high level coordination of external resources in the event of an emergency.
  • Liaison to the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) in order to support communities facing a crisis or disaster that overwhelms their local capacity.

Incident Management Teams (IMT's)

  • Able to deploy to the community or evacuation site as part of the IFNA EOC activation.
  • Provides “boots on the ground” support in the form of incident command, operations, planning, logistics, administration and finance.

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT & TRAINING

pagephotos_0001_emerg3Emergency Operations provides emergency management training and support to its communities in order to build their capacity and self-reliance. Emergency Operations staff use their hands-on knowledge and experience to properly equip member communities with procedures and strategies to deploy in the event of an emergency. The in-depth program includes:

  • Support for communities developing their capacity in all five emergency management areas:
    • Prevention
    • Mitigation
    • Preparedness
    • Response
    • Recovery
  • Support for each community in developing an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and performing exercises to ensure the plan is up to date and functional.
  • Operational support for IFNA communities through building Fire Departments and Emergency Management overall capacity including becoming host communities.
  • Providing yearly Basic Incident Management Systems (IMS) 200 and Basic Emergency Management (BEM) 200 along with plans for Ontario Fire College / National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) training for all IFNA communities.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS & RESEARCH

pagephotos_0000_emerg4As part of the mission to prepare its communities for action in the event of a crisis, the IFNA Emergency Operations team strives to increase preparedness through research, networking and pilot projects that will increase capacity and strengthen resources.

The Emergency Operations team works tirelessly on:

  • Development and execution of IFNA managed pilot projects in efforts to benefit community safety through better emergency management and development of response models. Current pilot projects include:
    • 24/7 All Hazards Response Team in Lac Seul First Nation
    • Shelter-In-Place to test portable heavy-duty air filtration systems which could potentially allow individuals to remain in their community in the event of heavy smoke threat where there is no fire threat.
  • Regional leadership and networking.
  • Co-chairing the Northern Ontario Emergency Management Working Group.
  • Working with stakeholders to pursue the best possible outcomes for IFNA as well as all northern indigenous communities.
  • Developing a research division to ensure best practices are being followed and to ensure funding grants are pursued in areas that will build community emergency capacity (i.e. Jordan’s Principle).

PROGRAM STAFF

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NICHOLAS RHONE
CEMC. Emergency Operations
Office: 807-737-1902
Cell: 807-738-8321
Location: Sioux Lookout

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CRYSTAL KAKEKASPAN
Emergency Operations Office Coordinator
Office: 807-737-1902
Cell: 807-632-5006
Location: Sioux Lookout