The province of Calgary has been the focal point of recent major disasters in Canada. Here is an account of actions underway: ‘Resilient Calgary’ to highlight natural disaster research, resilience in Alberta. Some excerpts:
Three out of the four costliest natural disasters in Canada happened within the last six years, right here in Alberta, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Those natural disasters were the Slave Lake fire in 2011, the Southern Alberta flood in 2013 and the Fort McMurrary wildfire last year. The other disaster was the Red River flood that took place in Manitoba in 1997.
After the 2013 flood, the Centre for Community Disaster Research was created after recognizing communities across Alberta and the world need to plan and prepare for extreme events. The centre focuses on research, education and outreach related to natural, social, technological and economic disasters.
It will host Resilient Calgary at Mount Royal University, a TEDTalk-style series of presentations highlighting disaster research in Alberta.