ERAC's Response to COVID-19

We want to update our stakeholders regarding the situation with COVID-19. We want to assure you we are monitoring the situation and adhering to recommendations from public health authorities. ERAC’s number one priority is the safety of our staff, Plan Participant members and responder network.

We’ve identified our essential services and have a plan in place for continued operations. We are prepared to respond to any dangerous goods incident across the country on behalf of our Plan Participant members.

We’ve also sent recommendations for responders working in the field, and asked our response network to notify ERAC if their availability changes due to COVID-19 so that we can plan accordingly, including dispatching the next closest team or RMA/TA in case of an incident. 

ERAC also developed an ArcGIS application that shows the locations and contact information for businesses across Canada that provide disinfection and deep cleaning services. Most of these multi-faceted organizations are also part of ERAC’s dangerous goods response network.

Due to the situation, all travel by ERAC staff is restricted to dangerous goods emergency response incidents only, and all meetings at ERAC, internal and external, will be virtual. All our staff is teleworking for the foreseeable future to do our part in social distancing.

For those who might not know, COVID-19 (otherwise known as the coronavirus disease) is a worldwide pandemic. Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness; therefore, we can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. This includes maintaining good hygiene and infection control at work and home.

More information about COVID-19 can be found at the Government of Canada website 

Regards,

Spencer Buckland
President
Emergency Response Assistance Canada