Program: MEOPAR Coastal Hazards and Risk Communication Forum

Friday, June 14 from 1:00 to 3:45 pm, in Victoria, BC, at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort

Protect, Accommodate, Retreat or Avoid (PARA)

Canadian community options for flood disaster risk reduction and climate change resilience

Brent Doberstein, Joanne Fitzgibbons & Carrie Mitchell
University of Waterloo, Ontario (

The People Who Panic During Disasters Aren’t Who You Think They Are

This magazine article explains the persistence of disaster panic myths despite the pro-social behaviour people frequently exhibit in disaster contexts.

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines

This viewpoint on Typhoon Haiyan aims to capture some of the priorities for aid decision makers as they struggle with the devastation in the Philippines, such as: to rebuild livelihoods; to pay attention to special vulnerable groups; and to prepare from now for the next big disaster, building resilience to save lives and livelihoods and keeping in mind the growing impacts of climate change. 

Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life

Efforts to increase individual preparedness among older people through the creation of “go-bags” and the stockpiling of supplies have been repeatedly undertaken but have not improved overall outcomes for older people following subsequent disasters in New York City. With
extreme weather projected to increase, a new strategy is required to keep older adults, who are often among the city’s most long-term, civically engaged residents, safe.

Hurricane Sandy Damage Amplified By Breakneck Development Of Coast

New York and New Jersey had allowed intensive development in areas that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, despite known risks from direct storm hits.

Overwhelming risk: Rethinking flood insurance in a world of rising seas

Storms strike the U.S. coast each year, sometimes with devastating force. Both the risks and the costs of flooding and wind damage to seaside coastal communities are growing.1 Rising population and increasing development along scenic coastlines are putting more people and more valuable property in harm’s way.

Do We Lack the Will to Prepare?

This blog post seeks to stimulate a more factually informed evaluation of whether or not the United States has gotten better at preparing and responding to major disasters as a nation. It presents findings from a report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina entitled A FAILURE OF INITIATIVE to help assess FEMA’s performance in the seven years since Katrina.

What Will Adaptation Cost? An Economic Framework for Coastal Community Infrastructure

Coastal areas across the United States are beginning to incorporate sea level rise adaptation into their community planning. One of the most challenging aspects of adapting to sea level rise is understanding the economic implications of future inundation risk, and the costs and benefits of different adaptation options. This report provides a framework that community leaders and planners can use to make more economically informed decisions about adapting to sea level rise and storm flooding.


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