The City of Ottawa received an award today in recognition of its achievements in Emergency Management in the spring and summer of 2017. The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) announced in November that the City had earned a Presidential Citation and it was presented in person today by Greg Solecki, president of IAEM Canada.
The Presidential Citation recognized the City for effectively and efficiently managing a series of emergency situations over a short period of time, including:
- a gas leak, including an evacuation in the downtown core, in May
- flooding in Fitzroy Harbour, Constance Bay, Britannia and Cumberland throughout the spring
- a full scale training exercise in May involving all three levels of government and internal and external partners
- preparation and implementation of Canada Day security measures throughout the spring and Canada Day Weekend
Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee, accepted the award on the City’s behalf.
In his remarks, Mayor Watson thanked Mr. Solecki and said:
“This award recognizes the achievements of the City’s Office of Emergency Management and the Emergency and Protective Services Department, but also of several crucial others such as Ottawa Public Health, Public Works and Environmental Services and Public Information and Media Relations, among other internal and external partners. By working in collaboration, the City, as a corporation, and Ottawa residents as individuals, were able to overcome challenges, recover from hardships and, ultimately, thrive.”