2020 Q2 Newsletter - President's Message

I want to start off this message by expressing my hope that all of you, and your families, are safe and healthy.

At ERAC, safety has been our priority – for our staff, responders and stakeholders – throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our entire organization began working from home in early March and we’ve limited all staff travel to response to incidents only. Additionally, we’ve made changes to our strategy for the year, such as reconfiguring our plan for regional training and assessment and cancelling our Dangerous Goods Emergency Management Conference, to adapt to the circumstances.

Through this period, we continue to offer our robust emergency preparedness and response program on behalf of our Plan Participant members.

We’re ensuring continued compliance with federal and provincial regulations. Every day, we steward the approval of new ERAPs, or renewal of existing ERAPs, as well as assisting ERAP holders with accessing Transport Canada’s EOS system.

We’re still responding to incidents across the country. In fact, we set a record for number of incidents in Q1 in our history. Thank you to our response network for your diligent work in responding to these incidents in a safe and timely manner.

We’re continually enhancing ERAC’s equipment caches across Canada. For example, our operations team is ready to deliver a completed LPG transfer trailer to Prince Rupert, BC to support emergency response for the increased volumes through that area, once it is safe to do so.

We’re advancing our progress with ArcGIS, including adding new features in our ERAC Resource Locator and Incident Dashboard, and created a map of disinfection response teams across Canada in response to the pandemic.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself, or anyone on our team, if you have questions about your ERAP or our services. Rest assured, ERAC is here to support your organization’s dangerous goods emergency response needs.

Spencer Buckland
President
Emergency Response Assistance Canada