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Canada Moves Towards A Mitigation Strategy

Written by  John Newton, Ph.D., P.Eng. November 15, 2007

Three years - three major disasters, and all of them north of the 49th parallel! 1996 - The Saguenay Floods. 1997 - The Red River Floods. 1998 - The Great Ice Storm. And the uncertain consequences of the ‘Millennium Bug’ await us in 2000. Being prepared is still necessary, but not sufficient to cope with the increasing frequency of expensive disasters in Canada. Following the lead of FEMA and Emergency Management Australia, Canadian officials are beginning to explore the role of mitigation in emergency management, and the potential for a National Mitigation Strategy to realize a significant reduction in losses. What follows is a brief discussion of disaster trends in Canada and a preliminary report on how a Canadian mitigation policy is beginning to evolve. Three years - three major disasters, and all of them north of the 49th parallel! 1996 - The Saguenay Floods. 1997 - The Red River Floods.

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