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Calgary winter-related dangers prime of thoughts, as City shares Calgary’s prime disaster dangers

At a presentation at Emergency Management Committee of Council right now, City officers introduced an replace on its extreme winter climate emergency dangers.

Blizzards, excessive chilly, and winter storms are three of the highest 16 excessive dangers that would impression Calgary. While most Calgarians are properly versed in chilly climate impacts, severe winter climate may end up in vital danger to life security of residents, with elevated danger for susceptible populations. The most excessive situations may trigger the lack of warmth, energy, communications providers, and structural harm to buildings, together with roof collapses, can happen because of the weight of heavy snow.

Chief of Emergency Management & 9-1-1 Sue Henry mentioned The City is properly ready, with a variety of emergency response plans and procedures in place to mitigate the impacts of extreme winter climate occasions.

“Calgary is a winter city, and if anyone doubts it, look outside your window today! We have experienced winter storms and extreme cold before and are well-prepared. We would ask Calgarians to check in on their own household winter safety precautions, and make sure you pack a winter emergency car kit with extra clothes, blankets and candles.”

Chief Henry additionally added, “We’d also ask you to look out for others who might need help surviving the harsher weather. The DOAP team (403-998-7388) is always a good option if you’re concerned someone may need assistance or a warm place to go. Also, we’d ask you to check in on neighbours and loved ones who might need extra help during a winter storm.”

An inventory of tips for making ready for winter storms and excessive chilly is on The City’s web site at Calgary.ca/getready.

2022 Disaster Risk Report
The City additionally shared its 2022 Disaster Risk Report. The City yearly evaluations tendencies, native dangers and hazards and evaluates them by their potential impression and chance, and releases a full public report each 4 years. The final Disaster Risk Report was launched in 2018.

This yr, Civil disobedience, pandemic and dam breach on the Elbow River had been added as excessive dangers. All three of the newly categorized “High Risks” had been on earlier disaster danger lists, with Pandemic and Civil Disobedience listed as “Medium”, and Dam Breach (Elbow River) as “Low”. Events and tendencies in Calgary and elsewhere in Canada had been factored into upgrading them to “High”, aside from Dam Breach on the Elbow river which was upgraded not resulting from chance, however on potential for monetary impacts.

“Studying our risks informs everything we do – our emergency management strategies, processes, investment in mitigation projects, our community preparedness activities. Citizens expect us to lead them through emergencies, and the first step in that is knowing what we could be up against,” mentioned Chief Henry.

“There is a role for everyone. If Calgarians are aware of the top disaster risks and understand how they can prepare, they will be able to take actions that protect themselves and their families, their businesses, and communities.”

Other highlights of the 2022 Disaster Risk Report embrace:

– A complete of 65 hazards and threats had been analyzed, and categorized into High, Medium and Low dangers.

– The rising inhabitants shift from rural to city environments, new uncharted extremes, local weather change, interconnectivity and reliance on know-how, getting older infrastructure, social inequities, and rising disaster losses are all tendencies that had been weighed within the analysis.

– Climate change is predicted to extend the frequency, length, and severity of many native hazards. Proactive measures taken to mitigate and scale back these dangers right now can be critically vital to managing them sooner or later.

Calgary is Canada’s hotspot for disaster occasions by way of each frequency and impression. Calgary is dwelling to at least one out of seven of Canada’s costliest occasions since 2010, by way of insured losses. The Calgary area has averaged over $500 million in insured losses per yr over the past decade. (Insured losses solely signify 40-50% of complete losses on common – that means the precise impression of disasters are double these numbers, with the extra prices being borne by governments, companies, and people when a disaster happens.)

To view your complete report and to study extra about easy methods to put together for Calgary’s emergencies, go to Calgary.ca/getready.

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