Flood happens. How can our communities weather the storm?
Experts agree that extreme weather is a serious problem; we must act now to make our communities resilient by reducing our risk, and putting plans in place to recover quickly should extreme weather impact our communities.
Shawna Peddle, Director of Partners for Action, says:
Coordinated leadership, sound adaptation research, and applied solutions are needed now to manage the risks associated with a changing climate.
Across Canada, damage from extreme weather has cost taxpayers and insurers almost $10 billion since 1998. Water-related damage is now the leading cause of home-insurance claims in many communities, large and small. Municipal governments, the insurance industry, researchers, and the public are coming together to better understand what we can do to lower that number in the future, and focus on preventing flood damage, rather than cleanup.
Partners for Action is an applied research network dedicated to reducing the risk of flood damage in Canadian communities.
We can work together to build more flood-resilient communities. We invite you to join us.
What is a resilient community?
Adaptation to climate change can involve structural (such as dams and berms) and non-structural (such as policies, plans, and procedures) components.
A resilient community uses a combination of these to learn from past disasters, minimize the impacts of flood, and recover quickly.
- May 19, 2017
A recent study led by the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and Partners for Action (P4A) at the University of Waterloo demonstrates that, although the risk of floods may be on the rise, risk awareness from homeowners is lacking.
- Jan. 12, 2017
The Centre for Community Knowledge provides members of the Kitchener-Waterloo community with access to information and projects of numerous organizations across the region. Their platform allows users to easily learn and connect with local non-profit organizations.
- Jan. 10, 2017
Partners for Action is pleased to announce the launch of the French FloodSmartCanada website. FloodSmartCanada is extending its reach to more Canadians with a French version of the site.
Visit FloodSmartCanada in French or English to find numerous flood-related resources and information!