What happens when there is an emergency in the Region? A storm, blizzard, or flood can have a huge impact on our community. Enter the Emergency Management Office or EMO. The EMO is responsible for maintaining the Regional Emergency Response Plan and coordinating the community response to emergencies. That means that the EMO has to plan - and drill - for any number of scenarios. Blizzards, floods, fires, and power outages are among the top ten.
However, what are some of the other scenarios we could face? We decided to have a bit of fun... What if an object fell from space (or landed?) in the Region. How would we respond? It seems far-fetched (because it is), but objects do occasionally fall out of orbit.
In this episode we find out how you can develop the muscle memory to make sure you are prepared for an emergency. You can also visit www.AlertWR.ca to learn more about these programs to help prepare you and your family for an emergency.
In this episode we’re joined by:
Eric Choi, Aerospace Engineer
An aerospace engineer by training, Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from York University. Eric has worked on a number of space projects including QEYSSat (Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite), the Meteorological (MET) payload on the Phoenix Mars Lander, the Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT‑1 Earth-observation satellite, and the MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere) payload on the Terra satellite. Eric is also an award winning Science Fiction Author, and you can learn more about his work at https://www.aerospacewriter.ca/
Lauren Hebert, Emergency Management Advisor is a member of the Emergency Management team at the Region of Waterloo as an Emergency Management Advisor & Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC).
Ryan Maeck is also a key member of the Emergency Management team at the Region of Waterloo as an Emergency Management Advisor & Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC). The EMO is responsible for preparing the Regional Government to respond to, and recover from large community emergencies.
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