Canadian Incident Management Assistance Team – IMAT
Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT) coordinate with provincial, municipal, district, First Nations, Metis Settlements, or territorial leaders to identify gaps and coordinate/connect with volunteer resources, supplies, donations, along with collection and transport logistics, addressing imminent crisis needs.
Incident Management Assistance Teams are made up of dedicated and experienced senior-level emergency management professionals that are able to deploy upon a moment’s notice when requested by the province or municipality that has declared a State of Emergency.
IMATs generally consist of 6-12 members, with expertise in operations, logistics, planning, and recovery. They are a rapidly deployable asset to anywhere in the region or the country, supporting municipalities, provinces, and territories in their emergency response efforts.
Teams provide a forward presence to facilitate the management of the response to catastrophic incidents. The primary mission is three-fold:
- Rapidly deploy to an incident or potentially threatened venue
- Identify ways assistance could be used to best support the response and recovery efforts, should it become available
- Work with partners across jurisdictions to support the affected State or territory
One of the most important aspects is to support and take their direction from the province or territory. As our mission states, CDSN’s role is to “support citizens and first responders”.
After a disaster, provincial and local municipal emergency responders, along with voluntary agencies and faith-based groups, are called on to meet the immediate needs of the affected community, and IMATs are CDSN’s team of experts that stand ready to support if they are called upon.