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Statement by the Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management on 2013 Southern Ontario Ice Storm – Ontario After Action Report

Today, Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, made the following statement on the release of the 2013 Southern Ontario Ice Storm – Ontario After Action Report:

“The 2013 ice storm was a significant event that was widely felt around the GTA and communities across southern Ontario. The impacts affected persons directly, and in some cases for a prolonged period of time.

This After Action Report, prepared by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), evaluated the co-ordinated response to the ice storm. It includes input from first responders, ministries, municipalities and other organizations involved in the response. The report concludes that while the province’s response was effective overall, there are areas for improvement.

This report has identified 24 opportunities for improvement. The intent is that these opportunities for improvement would, when implemented, ensure that Ontario is better prepared for, and able to mitigate the consequences of future emergencies by:

  • Strengthening communications and information sharing between provincial ministries and external stakeholders, municipal governments and members of the public.
  • Enhancing coordination between Ontario’s emergency management community and the province’s critical infrastructure sector.
  • Updating the Provincial Emergency Response Plan (PERP) .
  • Reviewing the provincial Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) with a view towards developing an integrated and systems-wide emergency management program for each hazard.
  • Identifying a provincial lead to address the needs of vulnerable persons during significant incidents or emergency events.

In addition to the After Action Report, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services conducted an internal audit on Supply Chain Management during Emergency Events. The results of that audit have been released along with the After Action Report. The OFMEM is developing a detailed Supply Chain Management Action Plan that will address the findings of the internal audit.

The OFMEM is also taking steps to implement the recommendations of the After Action Report as part of our broader review of the province’s emergency management system and capabilities. We will continue to keep our communities safe by ensuring the province is well prepared for future incidents.”


2013 Southern Ontario Ice Storm - Ontario After Action Report – PDF, 648 kb

Supply Chain Management During Emergency Events, Final Report - PDF, 177 kb

Ontario’s Efforts to Improve Emergency Response