Tag: flood

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How Families and Businesses can Prepare for Hurricanes

Hurricane Season began in June and runs until the end of November. Sometimes people think that the more severe hurricanes only strike at the beginning of hurricane season, but that’s not the case. Hurricane Katrina formed at the end of August and progressed until September 3rd, and Hurricane Sandy formed at the end of October....

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A Look Back at Canada’s Worst Natural Disasters

Living in Canada, we are fortunate to be in such a vast country with an incredibly varied geography. Yet, while one coast is at risk for earthquakes, the other is at risk for hurricanes. Before 1990, only three Canadian disasters exceeded $500 million. However, in the past decade alone, nine have surpassed that amount! Yesterday...

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Anniversary of Alberta Floods and the Current Flood Watch

One year ago, Alberta faced one of the most severe floods in the province’s history. Soon after the event, ePACT’s Emergency Management and Special Projects Coordinator, Megan Kalte, flew to Calgary and witnessed the aftermath of the floods in what she calls her second home. Many Albertans had never experienced anything like it – cities...

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The Name Game: Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons

Andrew, Ike, Katrina, Sandy, Bhola, and Haiyan – these are the names of some of the most severe hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons we’ve ever seen. On the other hand, most other natural disasters are only “named” after the place they occur in, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami or 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. So...

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Car Care Month

May is car care month – a month all about making sensible decisions when it comes to your vehicle! Summer is just around the corner, making now the perfect time to think about your car needs and car safety! Cars provide a huge service to us, so it’s up to us to provide the best...

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2013 Natural Disasters: A Look Back, Part 2

July-December 2013 2013 was a busy year for natural disasters. We saw earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, landslides and volcanoes, as well as other serious man-made events, that led to widespread destruction in the communities they occurred. In 2013 alone, there were over 20,000 fatalities and over $125 billion worth of damage on a global scale...

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Food Safety

Food and water are two of the most basic necessities we require on any given day. We are so accustomed to going into the fridge or freezer and eating whatever we find, or running to the supermarket to grab a few things. Yet, during a large-scale emergency, things may not be so easy. Stores may...

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Geographical Breakdown of Natural Disasters – Ring of Fire

Natural disasters happen all over the world. If you review a week in the news, you’d likely find stories coming out of the Philippines and Hungary, San Francisco and Japan. We can never really ‘predict’ natural disasters, however, certain areas are susceptible to certain natural disasters. With this, we can always have an idea of...

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Geographical Breakdown of Natural Disasters – Europe

Natural disasters happen all over the world. If you review a week in the news, you’d likely find stories coming out of the Philippines and Hungary, San Francisco or Japan. We can never really ‘predict’ natural disasters, however, certain areas are susceptible to certain natural disasters. With this, we can always have an idea of...