Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

Overview
Natural Resources Canada (March 2012)

Requirement
The Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, in collaboration with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Hazus-MH program, contracted with Working KnowledgeCSP to support the integration of KM concepts and strategies into the Canadian Natural Disaster Management Strategy. The Hazus (US) program developed and manages a nationally relevant standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.
 

Solution
Working KnowledgeCSP was a part of a multinational team whose effort, through a workshop and discussion groups, was focused on helping to ensure adaptation of Hazus in Canada, to build capacity for its use in Canada, and to establish a foundation for developing an integrated outreach/training program that extended beyond the needs of the Canadian Emergency Management community.

Topics addressed included: central knowledge retention and access, data characterization and reporting, development of best practices and guidelines for Hazus use, and the development of a national strategy for risk assessment and risk mitigation, and leveraging of US national lessons for Hazus implementation in Canada. The group presented these recommendations is a final report in Spring 2012.