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May 11, 2023
Canada announces first national risk assessment to address rise in climate-related disasters Back to video The National Risk Profile, announced Thursday, examines disaster risks from three of the most concerning hazards facing Canadians— earthquakes, wildfires, and floods. Sunrise presented by Vancouver Sun Start your day with a roundup of B.C.-focused news and opinion delivered straight to your inbox at 7 a.m., Monday to Friday. Email Address Sign Up By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails or any newsletter. Postmedia Network Inc. | 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 | 416-383-2300 Thanks for signing up! A welcome email is on its way. If you don't see it, please check your junk folder. The next issue of Sunrise presented by Vancouver Sun will soon be in your inbox. We encountered an issue signing you up. Please try again Article content It includes training 1,000 firefighters, launching a national earthquake warning system in 2024 and creating an online flooding portal for Canadians. The next phase of the profile will focus on on heat waves, hurricanes and space weather. As of Thursday, nearly 100 wildfires were burning in Alberta, and had already scorched more than 400,000 hectares. More than 24,000 residents were forced out of their homes. In B.C., dozens of evacuations have been ordered in Cache Creek and Grand Forks because of flooding. More than 600 people died during a heat dome in 2021 in B.C. when temperatures soared above 40 C, including a record 49.6 C in Lytton, one day before it burned down from wildfire. Article content Article content As the world continues to experience these disasters, it is crucial to increase risk awareness to inform decision-making for preparation and response, federal government officials said, at a news conference in Ottawa Thursday. “We are seeing an increase in frequency and severity,” said Bill Blair, Canada’s minister of emergency preparedness, noting that B.C. and Alberta are facing dire threats at the moment from floods and fires. Blair also noted how difficult it has been for Lytton residents. “And now a year and a half later, the community is still struggling to rebuild,” he said. “It’s an important community in this country and we want to make sure that people recover. So I’m I’m increasingly working with my provincial and territorial partners, working with the government operation centre, and all of our federal resources… on how to respond and be there for Canadians when these disasters occur. We’ve got a great deal more work to do, to mitigate and to create more greater resiliency in every part of Canada in response to these events.” Advertisement 4 Article content Billed as a “whole-of-society approach,” the National Risk Profile aims to help residents prepare for, manage, and recover from emergencies, and help them understand the realities of increased disasters related to climate change. It looks at risk drivers and gaps in resiliency. For example, the risk driver for earthquakes are population growth, increased density, and greater reliance on interdependent critical infrastructure systems, while the gaps are a lack of earthquake insurance and access to services in remote communities. For wildfires, risks include longer and more intense fire seasons driven by climate change, and population and industrial growth in forested landscapes. Areas that need to be addressed are awareness and implementation of prevention and mitigation activities, structural resilience and inclusion of Indigenous peoples and knowledge. Advertisement 5 Article content Under this federal plan, the government will develop a national earthquake risk assessment framework and implement a national early warning system for seismic events, scheduled to launch in 2024. Exploring insurance options and developing a guide for seismic retrofits for older buildings are also included in the plan. It will build national flood flood risk and federal wildfire management programs. A wildfire management group will develop an action plan to 2026, while the federal government will provide $5 million over five years to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre and $23.7 million to improve forest mapping and the understanding of fire risk. It will also set aside $346 million to expand support to provinces and territories to buy equipment and to train 1,000 firefighters, $169.9 million for WildFireSat, Canada’s first satellite system for monitoring wildfires, and $284 million over five years to enhance the FireSmart Canada program, which provides information to Canadians on how to prepare for fire. Advertisement 6 Article content This includes on reserve fire smart programming, focusing on enhancing First Nations resilience to planning, training and risk management activities. As for floods, the plan is to create federal flood mapping guidelines and create a nation-wide flood risk portal with information on how best to protect homes and communities. The portal will cost $15.3 million over three years. The government said it will spend $31.7 million for a low-cost flood insurance program to protect households at high risk of flooding and without access to adequate insurance and $48.1 million over five years and $3.1 million ongoing, to identify high-risk flood areas and implement a modernized Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements program, which would help eliminate or reduce the impacts of disasters. More to come…
FireSmart Canada Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was FireSmart Canada founded?
FireSmart Canada was founded in 2008.
Where is FireSmart Canada's headquarters?
FireSmart Canada's headquarters is located at 5320 122 Street, Edmonton.
What is FireSmart Canada's latest funding round?
FireSmart Canada's latest funding round is Grant.
Who are the investors of FireSmart Canada?
Investors of FireSmart Canada include Intact Financial.
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