Lessons Learned

BC Wildfires 2017: Lessons Learnable

Lessons learned and lessons learnable from the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART) By Cheryl Rogers Lone Butte on fire-Brandon Plewe After a series of wildfires in BC in 2003, the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART) was founded to …

The Grenfell Tower fire and its impact

Fire disasters like the Grenfell Tower tragedy have prompted many fire departments around the world to re-examine the ways in which they deal with fires in tall buildings. By Joana Duque McFadden With a growing population, more and more high-rise build …

From Ember to Inferno

Lessons learned from the Emergency Social Service (ESS) Directors for 100 Mile House in BC . By Shaun Koopman When a two-hectare wildfire began west of 100 Mile House, on July 6, 2017, it marked the beginning of the critical stage of the 2017 wildfire …

The road to recovery: healing and rebuilding in Lac-Mégantic

By Lilia Yumagulova  For this HazNet in-depth series, we interviewed Marie-Claude Arguin, City Manager for Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, about her team’s dedication and resilience in building back better after an unprecedented tragedy. For Marie-Claude Arguin …

Build Back Better – a Balancing Act

Build Back Better (BBB) has become the new disaster recovery mantra. In this series, we explore recovery as a balancing act. Based on case studies from around the world and around the corner, we collectively explore key tensions during recovery. These …