Partnerships Toward Safer Communities Online (PTSC-Online) a virtual on line community founded to encourage improvements in Canadian emergency and continuity management and critical infrastructure programs will cease operation today. The vision for creating the on line community was sound, the technology worked well and the community achieved Canada wide membership. A few members used it very effectively, but unfortunately most did not and unless used, it can not continue to exist.
My company was pleased to a founding sponsor of PTSC-Online and it was a pleasure working with Fire Chief Donald F. Warden - then Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Edward Myers (Frontline Security), Patrice Cloutier (Government of Ontario), Christel Ivanyshyn (Perth County Emergency Management and OAEM) and others who shared a vision for an effective emergency management focused on line community to create it and promote its operation. Thank you for your contributions and I am sorry our efforts must come to an end.
The reasons why this initiative to share resources, best practices and collectively work toward solutions to the challenges we face "on line" did not succeed could be a good topic for discussion. I would like to start the discussion here, but since getting folks to participate in PTSC-Online discussions was one of the reasons it failed, I am reluctant to do so. If you do have any thoughts, I would, however, be pleased for you to comment on this article.
Some look to other new on line initiatives to fill the gap and succeed where PTSC-Online did not and new on line networking solutions continue to be created. Only time will tell if they will succeed, and I hope they do, but they unfortunately have to work with the same potential member base which were not sufficiently motivated to use PTSC-Online.