It’s Not Luck! Don’t Leave Disaster Preparedness to Chance

Disasters of 2021 show Canada must build resilience against extreme weather events

Over the last five years, British Columbia has burned, Ontario has flooded and the Maritimes have seen extreme rainfall. The most startling fact about these extreme weather events isn’t that they have occurred, but rather their ferocity, frequency and intensity.

Paul Kovacs of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University has argued that the disasters of 2021 demonstrated the urgent need for a stronger climate plan.

While limiting our greenhouse gas emissions is integral to preventing these devastating events, we must also continue to adapt to the effects of climate change. The most pressing challenge now is how to quickly escalate our response.

It is important to note that the federal government has taken monumental steps in attempting to bring climate adaptation to the forefront. They have also dedicated significant resources to rebuild countless communities that have been destroyed by climate disasters…READ ON

It’s Not Luck! Don’t Leave Disaster Preparedness to Chance

Being aware of the risks in the areas you live and work helps you to better prepare for disasters. If you know that your area is at risk of tornadoes, you know that you need to understand the dangers, when one might be coming and where to take shelter. For example, your plan may be different in the Southeast, where night-time tornadoes are more common.

Be sure to keep the needs of every family member in mind when you’re making a plan, including the needs of your pets.

To make sure you’ll be notified about disasters and emergencies in your area, it’s a good idea to have several ways to receive emergency alerts.  Download the FEMA app to receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Don’t forget to use the app to sign up for community alerts in your area…READ ON

We know extreme weather will batter Australia again – we can stop it being a major disaster

I’ve just got off the phone with a colleague in Queensland dealing with the floods.  I wonder how she will go as a disaster professional, being personally impacted by one herself?

I know when it happened to me, when a disaster happened where I live, and I was on the other side of the lights and sirens, I saw things in a whole new light, and it has reshaped the way I see things. And I see a hopeful way forward.

There are two conversations going on at the moment. There is the one the public and media are having about the rain and floods and the muddy devastation left in its wake. The rising water, the images, the stories, the heroic rescues. The loss and tears and pain and suffering. The messy mess. And who’s paying; who’s fault it is. Why the response is so slow…READ ON

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