Community Awareness Emergency Response History and Governance
CAER oversees a coordinated response between industry and local government to safety issues arising in Sarnia-Lambton. This collaboration allows response teams to continually improve emergency preparedness and procedures, and ensures that emergency resources across the region are available to any member site at any time as needed. Continue reading to learn more about the history and governance of CAER.2022 CAER Manual
- Maintain communication between industrial members ensuring awareness of individual corporate activities in the field of acute hazard awareness communication with the public.
- Maintain maximum credibility of information dissemination to the public by ensuring that the timing and content of corporate material avoids ambiguity and duplication to the degree possible, and that it conforms generally to the overall communication plan objectives and priorities.
- Prepare an ongoing plan of communications to the public in the areas of hazard identification and awareness, and personal response and protection.
The voting members of CAER meet each year to confirm the Board of Directors, which includes a pre-defined number of member site leaders.
In addition to these Directors, the CAER Board also includes five ex-officio appointments from:
- Aamjiwnaang First Nation
- City of Sarnia
- County of Lambton
- St. Clair Township
- Village of Point Edward
The CAER Board meets regularly to assess proposals for new regional emergency preparedness initiatives to address incident learnings, respond to emerging trends, and introduce best practices. The Board receives progress reports on the status of ongoing initiatives/projects in the region and adjusts priorities as required.
CAER Emergency Management Committee
The CAER Emergency Management Committee includes senior technical leaders with specialization in emergency preparedness from regional operating sites and local governments. The Committee meets regularly to develop proposals for new regional initiatives for Board review. The members work together to select subject matter experts to support project teams to develop and implement projects at the discretion of the CAER Board.
CAER Emergency Management Fire Subcommittee
CAER Emergency Management Pipeline Subcommittee
CAER Emergency Management Traffic Subcommittee
Effective, January 1, 2024, the industrial Education Co-operative (IEC), Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER), and Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association (SLEA) will officially become the Bluewater Association for Safety, Environment, and Sustainability (BASES).
As Sarnia-Lambton's Industry Partner, BASES will build on the extraordinary achievements of its three legacy organizations that have been built over the past seventy years, with a focus on worker safety, emergency preparedness, and environmental monitoring within Sarnia-Lambton.