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|Toronto City News, March 29, 2021: A couple hours of housework could save you thousands in flood damage|
In communities where a natural disaster hits, Feltmate says there’s often an urgency to build back to the standards before the flood. But his team is trying to focus on educating decision makers and home owners in place, so when big storms hit, the devastation is minimal and the rebuild improves on existing infrastructure.
|Water Canada, April 19, 2021: Calling on “Team Canada” to Prepare for Spring Flooding|
Spring flood season starts in February and runs into July. And this year, the coronavirus presents another challenge: flood aid for impacted communities could be delayed or limited by physical distancing, stay-at-home orders, and a shortage of emergency response and evacuation capacity.
In late 2020, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation published a report, Under One Umbrella: Practical Approaches for Reducing Flood Risks in Canada, that summarized the available guidance, serving as a “toolkit” of practical actions that can be executed immediately.
|Curiouscast, April 14, 2021: Ottawa says it will help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient, but what about protecting them from climate change?|
Dr. Blair Feltmate appeared at Shaye Ganam’s radio podcast segment and discussed the recent home retrofit program announced by the federal government with the goal to incentivize homeowners to make their home more energy efficient. Dr. Feltmate shared his professional opinions, concerns on the program and its connection to climate change adaptation.
|CBC, April 2, 2021: Fredericton leads Maritimes in flood preparedness, but it could do much better|
In a national report on climate change and flood preparedness, led by the University of Waterloo’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Fredericton scored a B-.
“The city has done quite a good job on looking at how its rivers and streams and creeks overflowed, where the water would go during major storms,” said Dr. Blair Feltmate, the head of the Intact Centre.
|Toronto City News, March 19, 2021: A couple hours of housework could save you thousands in flood damage|
“If people are hit with just one flood, very often they think ‘this is just a one off, this is an anomaly. You know, there’s my one in 100 year flood.’ But when they get hit with two major floods within a short period of time and they’ve never seen any, you know, in a particular area, all of a sudden they’ll go ‘maybe something really is different,’” Dr. Blair Feltmate said.
Dr. Feltmate also shared some practical and cost-effective tips to help homeowners and residents reduce flood damage.
Last Updated: April 21, 2021 @9:20AM
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