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August 28, 2014

Alberta: Forewarned and Forearmed: The Calgary Emergency Management Agency and the 2013 Flood

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The City of Calgary, through the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, requested an independent review of its performance during the 2013 Southern Alberta floods. The Conference Board of Canada has recently published the results of that review, as well as best practices and recommendations.

To obtain a comprehensive perspective, researchers interviewed 40 representatives from the public and private sectors, many of whom were present at the CEMA Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during the emergency or held critical positions across the affected region. In addition, they examined internal documentation and risk assessments and conducted a literature review that focused on lessons learned from other emergencies. Specific attention was paid to the role played by the CEMA EOC and its level of success in putting those lessons into practice.

The report presents best practices and recommendations that merit consideration if the City of Calgary intends to maintain its overall level of preparedness for similar emergencies.

View the report.


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