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TitleStandardized methodology for flood risk assessment
AuthorNastev, M N
SourceCanadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) and the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) joint scientific congress, abstracts; 2013 p. 1
LinksHazus Canada
Year2013
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20130020
PublisherCanadian Water Resources Association
MeetingCanadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) and the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) joint scientific congress; Saskatoon; CA; May 26-30, 2013
Documentbook
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
File formathtml
Subjectsenvironmental geology; floods; analytical methods
ProgramQuantitative risk assessment, Public Safety Geoscience
AbstractWhile Canada is exposed to a variety of natural hazards, most risk and emergency managers presently lack the necessary tools and guidance to adequately undertake rigorous risk assessments. Recently, Natural Resources Canada - NRCan has adopted Hazus, a standardized methodology for estimating potential losses from natural hazards developed by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA, as one of the best practice methods for risk assessment. Hazus estimates losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes, and includes an essential hazard and inventory database needed to conduct baseline risk assessment studies. An agreement has been signed with FEMA to adapt and co-develop a harmonized North American version of the Hazus methodology. At the same time, collaboration has been initiated within the federal government between the departments of Natural Resources, Environment, Defence and Public Safety to promote widespread usage of Hazus among the full range of Canadian decision makers. This technical note reports the typical features of the Canadian version of the Hazus Flood model and resumes ongoing activities and potential challenges in implementing this model in Canada.
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While Canada is exposed to a variety of natural hazards, most risk and emergency managers presently lack the necessary tools and guidance to adequately undertake rigorous risk assessments. Recently, Natural Resources Canada has adopted Hazus, a standardized methodology for estimating potential losses from natural hazards as one of the best practice methods for risk assessment. Hazus estimates potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes, and includes a hazard and inventory database needed to conduct baseline risk assessment studies. An agreement has been signed with FEMA to adapt and co-develop Hazus. At the same time, collaboration has been initiated within the federal government to promote widespread usage of Hazus among the full range of Canadian decision makers. This article reports the typical features of the Canadian version of the Hazus flood module and summarizes ongoing activities and potential challenges in implementing this model in Canada.
GEOSCAN ID292524