Tag: natural disasters

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Top 8 Emergency Preparedness Blogs!

At ePACT, we’ve created a blog with the hope that it can make even a small difference in someone’s life. We want to help educate people on issues important to us, and hope that by sharing our expertise on some of these topics, that it will provide useful tips to increase safety and preparedness. We...

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The 6 Most Bizarre Disasters

When you turn on the nightly news, there always seems to be at least one severe weather or natural disaster story. Whether it’s an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, typhoon, or landslide, we are able to recognize the phenomena and have a good understanding of the impact. However, there are some natural disasters that are incredibly uncommon...

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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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Earthquake Hazards: A Short Primer

Guest post by Peter Basham. Peter is a seasoned seismologist with a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering and a Master’s degree in Geophysics. After installing and operating a seismograph station on Prince Patrick Island in the Canadian Arctic, Peter ended up as a research scientist in the Geological Survey in Ottawa. His research focused on...

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Fun ways for YOUth to prepare!

British Columbia Youth Week kicks off today! From now until May 7th, youth week is a time to celebrate and work towards a stronger connection between youth and their communities. Youth Week events highlight the abilities and accomplishment of youth, while also educating and empowering them to continue to positively impact their communities. We firmly...

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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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Emergency Preparedness and the Cool Factor

There seems to be something inherently uncool about emergency preparedness. People know it is important, yet few do anything about it. But why? In a 2012 survey conducted by the Canadian Red Cross, participants explained why they don’t take steps to prepare for a disaster. Their answers included: “This type of disaster is unlikely to...

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New Years Resolution – #Ready2014

Are you #Ready2014? You may be wondering what it means to be #Ready2014, and it is simply about making your New Year’s Resolution one that focuses on your preparedness. This past year we’ve seen numerous severe natural disasters, from Typhoon Haiyan, the numerous tornadoes throughout the Midwest, floods in Colorado, all the way to Hurricane...

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Universal Children’s Day

Today we celebrate Universal Children’s Day, a day to appreciate children and recognize them as the valuable members of our communities that they are. Children are the future, plain and simple, and each child brings a fresh and unique perspective to the world. Every day we want to work towards a better and brighter future,...