Category Archives: Resilience

National Volunteer Week

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is a National Volunteer Week:

“Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time”.

Volunteers are the foundation of community resilience and effective emergency management.

Stay tuned for our Spring issue of HazNet which focuses on Volunteers and Volunteer Management in Canada (to be released during the EP week).

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The new HazNet: a special issue on Resilience is here!

The new HazNet, Canada’s premier publication on disaster risk reduction and resilience is here!

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In this issue:


Emergency preparedness and resilience: Results from a survey of Canadians


With Chief Resilience Officers for Boston and San Francisco


Planning for Resilience: the Dutch Way haznet


Community Resilience: One Approach in New Jersey

Public-Private-Nonprofit Partnerships for Resilience


Resiliency Beyond the Earthquakes


Flyover: The Straight of Georgia


Community Based Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning: City of Port Coquitlam


Using Emerging Technologies to Improve Community Resilience


Enhancing Resilience in the EOC

Resilience Policy – Practice Gaps: New Opportunity or Business as Usual

Linking People and Communities to Resilience

Youth Disaster Risk Education, Action, & Mobilization (DREAM) Council

Youth and young professionals can play leadership roles in educating, preparing  and recovering from disasters.

The Canadian Youth Disaster Risk Education, Action, & Mobilization (DREAM) Council is a joint initiative of the Canadian Risks and Hazards Network, Crisis Resilience Alliance, Educonnexion, and University partners.

If you are interested in becoming an affirming partner, a university representative or would like to learn more please email:

DREAM Council will seek to achieve the following objectives:

  • Build partnerships to enhance, increase, and implement engagement of youth in disaster prevention programs;
  • Enable future generation of emergency mangers and disaster prevention specialists across Canada;
  • Provide recommendations to partners on increasing disaster resilience from the newly established Youth Disaster Risk Reduction Advisory Council;
  • Connect and enable youth leadership within their communities and nationally;
  • Increase school and university preparedness.
  • Build volunteer capacity and connections among youth, young professionals and communities.

Research news from our members

1. David Etkin, York University published a book titled Disaster Theory: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Concepts and Causes (Elsevier, Inc.). Foreword by Ian Burton, with contributions from Ken Hewitt, Joe Scanlon, Naomi Zack, John (Jack) Lindsay, Robin Cox, Jean Slick and Susan McGregor. “At last, a textbook that comprehensively spells out the theoretical basis of emergency and disaster management”. 

2. The Crisis Resilience Alliance members Lorenzo Chelleri, James J Waters, Marta Olazabal and Guido Minucci have published a paper titled Resilience Trade-offs: addressing multiple scales and temporal aspects of urban resilience. The study takes a critical look at the notion of urban resilience by analysing three case studies: flood risk management in the Dutch polders, Bolivian quinoa market, and spatial diversity in the adaptive capacity of Kampala slums. The paper has been awarded OPEN ACCESS status and can be downloaded for free.

3. Lilia Yumagulova, Crisis Resilience Alliance, participated in the Availability of Infrastructure: Resilient Cities  study conducted by Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. The study reviewed resilience focused initiatives in New York, Vancouver and Rotterdam.

4. The article titled Public-private partnerships for the development of disaster resilient communities by Justine Chen, Ted HsuanYun Chen, Ilan Vertinsky, Lilia Yumagulova and Chansoo Park has been reprinted in the City Resilience compendium by Taylor and Francis. Edited by Michael Burayidi, “this four volume series rectifies this problem by bringing the work of leading thinkers on the subject and the most influential research on city resilience into one document that is readily accessible to researchers. The editor provides an introduction for each of the four volumes synthesizing the articles and identifying the essential message conveyed in the volume”.

The Government of Canada Announces Disaster Mitigation Investments and Modernizes Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements

Investments to be targeted at reducing flood risks under the New Building Canada Fund. The program is aimed at reducing flood-related costs for all levels of government and contributing to establishing conditions for the introduction of a residential flood insurance market in Canada. Announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the New Building Canada Fund provides $14 billion to support significant infrastructure projects across Canada as identified by the provinces and territories, which can include mitigation infrastructure to help prevent natural disasters.

Public Safety Canada News Release 

Quick Facts from the news release 

  • Flood mitigation investments are needed in Canada. Since inception in 1970, the DFAA have been applied to over 210 events, with total payments of over $3.4 billion made to provinces and territories. Of those 210 events, 190 were flood-related, representing more than 85 per cent of all DFAA-funded recovery efforts.
  • From 1970-1995, DFAA payments averaged $10 million per year; from 1996 to 2011, the average annual payment grew to $118 million, and increased to $280 million in 2012-2013.
  • The cost-sharing ratios that see the federal government cover up to 90 per cent of eligible expenses for disaster recovery have been maintained.
  • As of February 1, 2015, the threshold under the DFAA for provinces and territories will be adjusted to meet to half the rate of inflation over the past 44 years. This is consistent with the federal standard; other federal departments are regularly indexed to reflect inflation. To ensure that the program is sustainable for Canadians, beginning in January 2016, the threshold will be indexed to keep pace with inflation going forward.


“To strengthen Canada’s emergency management approach, we are shifting from a reactive model to one that allows us to better identify, plan for, and prevent flood risks and the costs for Canadians that comes with them. Through the National Disaster Mitigation Program, the Government of Canada will provide provinces and territories funding to help share the costs of flood mitigation measures; improving resiliency against floods, which currently account for the majority of payments through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements. Our Government is also making modest adjustments to the DFAA, for the first time in 44 years, to ensure that this funding continues to be available to Canadians in a more sustainable way.”
– The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety

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