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TitleDisaster scenarios to guide decisions in emergency and land-use risk reduction
AuthorHastings, N; Journeay, J M; Nastev, M; Prieto, J; Struik, L C; Wagner, C; Chow, W; Wojtarowicz, M; Ulmi, M
SourceCanadian Risk and Hazards Network, 9th annual symposium, symposium abstracts; by CRHNet; 2012 p. 19
LinksCRHNet 2012 Symposium Abstract Volume
LinksHazus Canada
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20140060
PublisherCanadian Risk and Hazards Network
MeetingCanadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium; Vancouver; CA; October 23 to 26, 2012
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
SubjectsHealth and Safety; modelling; health hazards
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience, Quantitative risk assessment
AbstractWe explore the creation and use of realistic model earthquake, flood and hurricane disaster scenarios for disaster risk reduction in the fields of managing emergencies and landuse. The scenarios are derived using the Hazus-MH loss estimation tool created by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in conjunction with other tools and methods. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and collaborative partners through a formal agreement with FEMA are adapting and sharing the Hazus methodology and outreach for Canada. These tools are based on state of the art scientific and engineering knowledge and provide robust and standardized methods for estimating disaster extent from measures of the losses of physical assets, lives, and related social, economic and environmental consequences.
Understanding potential disaster consequences is key to satisfying many existing requirements in land-use and emergency management. It is the fundamental to understanding disaster risk. Methods are being tested and evaluated through targeted case studies in several Canadian provinces. We show two ways to integrate disaster scenario knowledge into existing planning and emergency management tools.