Floods happen. 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 flooding, and recover quickly.

  1. Sep. 25, 2018Article: Helping neighbourhoods weather the stormENVision article

    P4A was recently featured in the Faculty of Environment's newsletter ENVision. Learn more about how the network was created by a University of Waterloo alumna and how P4A is working to mitigate the impacts of flooding.  

  2. Apr. 16, 2018Save the date: CatIQ ConnectCATIQ poster

    Bringing Together Industry, Academia and Government to Discuss Canadian Natural and Mad-Made Catastrophes.

    CatIQ Connect will be hosting the Canada's Catastrophe Conference February 4-6, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. Make sure to save the date for this incredible conference.

  3. Mar. 20, 2018P4A teams up with the Canadian Red Cross to protect Canadians from floodsRed Cross signing

    The Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, Partners for Action (P4A) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) are proud to announce a new partnership to advance flood resiliency in Canada.

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  1. Apr. 18, 2018Hazards featured as a key research theme at this year’s AAG conferenceHouse built on stilts

    Partners for Action (P4A) recently participated in the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting from April 10th to 14th, 2018. The conference attracted leading scholars, scientists, experts, researchers, and students to New Orleans, Louisiana, to share emerging research and to partake in discussions on a variety of pressing environmental topics.

  2. Feb. 22, 2018Floods are happening in your community. Know your risks and get preparedsidewalk flooded

    Over the past week many communities in Southern Ontario have seen heavy rainfalls, high water levels in surrounding lakes and rivers, and melting snow and ice jams, leading to flooded roads and homes.

  3. Feb. 5, 2018It's time to communicate - lessons from CATIQ's Canadian Catastrophe ConferenceCATIQ conference poster

    From January 31st to February 2nd, Partners for Action (P4A) participated in CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4) in Gatineau-Ottawa. The conference brought together a diverse group of stakeholders from a range of sectors, including representatives from academia, the insurance industry, government agencies, emergency response groups, and media organizations, among others.

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Annual report

Our 2017 Annual report (PDF) highlights who we are, where we've been, and where we're headed. Please read and share!

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