October 13 is International Day for Disaster Reduction 

Disaster risks impose on Canadians heavy burdens. From prevention and mitigation requirements to significant investments in recovery efforts, disasters remain part of our daily reality. We have a great responsibility now, more than ever, to collaborate, share and contribute solutions that inspire resilience.

Beyond the call for a shared responsibility, everyone possesses assets for disaster resilience, and more importantly, everyone deserves a share of the benefits in making Canada a disaster resilient country. By mobilizing key sectors, and creating organizational linkages, progress can be made in the consensus of goals and priorities to strengthen and adopt more collective DRR thinking. 

Resilience is about the intrinsic capacity and attributes of the community as a whole, and about how the community and its citizens resist, endure and adapt in the face of emergencies and disasters.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, perhaps Canada’s worst disaster, it is appropriate to improve our understanding of the present and emerging risks and hazards facing our nation, and to consider how we can engage citizens, and contribute, individually and collectively, to a more resilient Canada. We are pleased to offer this Symposium, in order to enable greater understanding, foster collaboration, and ultimately inspire resilience.

The CRHNet Symposium provides multiple formats to learn about ways to improve Disaster Risk Reduction. Below are just a few of the sessions that will highlight, discuss and engage while there.
Panel Discussion
Insurer Role in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery - Craig Stewart 
"A panel will discuss the role that insurers play across the 4 pillars of disaster risk reduction with particular emphasis on their role as ""second responders"" following a catastrophic event. Risk Assessment underpins preparedness plans and the Insurance Bureau of Canada is a pioneer in developing national flood risk mapping. Flood mapping allows insurers to assess flood risk and insurers have recently developed new overland flood insurance products for Canadians. Financial risk transfer is an important component of national and community preparedness, creating more resilient communities that are better able to recover from a disaster. By taking financial risk away from governments insurers allow governments to redirect tax dollars. Insurers are key players in the recovery process, acting as second responders. They arrive immediately after a disaster with cheques in hand to help their customers get through those first tough days. And in large-scale events, insurers work closely with their policyholders and government stakeholders for months and even years. 

Tools for Building Community Resilience and Capacity - Eddie Oldfield and Christy Arseneau
"Improving resiliency can help reduce costs which may result from extreme weather, climate change impacts and natural disasters. Municipalities can improve resiliency through understanding the hazards, risk assessment, emergency plan / preparedness, better building or land use planning decisions, investing in climate resilient infrastructure, public education, to name a few. A hands-on mapping exercise will enable the application of resiliency assessment, climate impacts adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and emergency preparedness principles, while enabling dialogue between diverse stakeholders.

Measuring Disaster Risk Reduction Achievement in Canada - Suzanne Waldman
Measuring Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program achievements is a complex problem. This complexity derives from a number of features of disasters, including their uncertain time frame, which challenges testing the effectiveness and appropriateness of DRR strategies, programs, and program implementations. Other sources of complexity include the diverse types of interventions grouped in the category of DRR and the difficulty of extracting evidence of effective DRR from disaster data, given large and significant confounding variables, particularly in the area of economic losses. This session will present an overview of the literature on these challenges, consider unique difficulties in measuring DRR achievements in the Canadian context, and provide some recommendations.  

The CRHNet Symposium is Less than 2 Weeks Away!
(Note subject to change)
Historic Keith's Hall - Tuesday Evening Social
Step back in time for some Nova Scotian hospitality in what used to be Keith's Hall. Built in 1822, this is a landmark building on the water front in Halifax. 

Enjoy East Coast taste treats, local entertainment, and tour the facility with interpreters that will help you understand what it was like "back in the day". Please join us Tuesday night from 6-8 PM and network with your peers!

CRHNet is co-hosting this social evening with Public Safety Canada The fee is $45 + HST and registration is available when you register for the Symposium
Also plan to attend
The  Eighth Annual National Roundtable  on Disaster Risk Reduction -
“Building Back Better” and First Joint Meeting with
Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform
October 23-24, 2017

The Annual National Roundtable facilitates coordination and implementation of  Canada's Platform  activities, and serves as a multi-stakeholder forum for discussing national DRR issues and information sharing. Participation is open to any interested parties, departments, organizations or individuals concerned with reducing the risks posed by disasters, including members of the private sector, all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, students and the general public.
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