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Resilient Brisbane: standing firm. Photo: Jelenko Dragisic

Resilient Brisbane: standing firm. Photo: Jelenko Dragisic

Resilient Cities March Update

Program Overview Update Find the updated program overview on our webpage, including information on: •High-level speakers

•Cities representing their work

•Sessions on various key themes

•Co-patrons supporting the congress

 

The floods that devastated southern Alberta ranked third highest in disaster insurance claims in 2013

The floods that devastated southern Alberta ranked third highest in disaster insurance claims in 2013

Canada not prepared for natural disasters, say top insurance execs

Canada is doing little to anticipate risks of extreme weather and this inaction will cost us severely when disaster eventually strikes, said Canadian insurance executives during the Globe conference on environmental business and sustainability held in Vancouver. Mary Lou O’Reilly, senior vice president of issues management and communications with Insurance Bureau of Canada called for action to prepare for the coming storms in Canada…

 

Alta. floods third most costly natural disaster worldwide in 2013

Four days of heavy rain wreaked havoc across Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, tallying total economic losses of $16.5 billion with insured losses pegged at $4.1 billion. Also ranked ahead of Alberta’s floods were devastating hail storms in Germany and France, which racked up $4.8 billion in economic losses and $3.8 billion in insured losses. The global total in insured losses from natural catastrophes in 2013 was $45 billion, down from $81 billion the previous year, the Swiss Re report said. Likewise, total economic losses dropped to $140 billion, significantly lower than the $196 billion suffered worldwide in 2012…

 

Editorial: Snohomish mudslide warns us to prepare for earthquake

Resilience isn’t easily defined or executed. It’s the combination of many factors and actions by multiple individuals and groups. Typically it’s not the No. 1 priority for any institution or government, yet taken as a whole, the investments in resilience pay huge dividends when disasters do strike. Resilience has most frequently been used for the disaster recovery phase of emergency management…

 

Building tsunami-resilient communities

tsunamiLiving is a risky business and every day I make conscious and subconscious decisions about which risks I’m willing to accept. I drive about 15,000 miles every year, knowing full well that nearly 3,000 Californians die every year in auto-related fatalities. I love to horseback ride even though I know people who were crippled in riding accidents. I do what I can to be safe in the activities I engage in. I wear my seat belt, drive defensively, and always wear a helmet when I’m on a horse. But I can’t be 100 percent sure that I will be safe…

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