Every year, Saskatchewan faces the possibility of disaster stemming from natural hazards such as severe weather, drought, wildfires, and floods. The province, municipalities and individuals pay the costs arising from these disasters. As the costs increase, disaster mitigation measures (dykes, berms, building codes, land use planning, etc.) become more cost effective.
Disaster mitigation measures can greatly reduce the costs and suffering incurred during and after a disaster event. They are estimated to have a 4:1 return (long-term) on investment. A risk assessment is the first step in mitigating disasters and helps prioritize the greatest hazard risks.
Government Relations (GR), through the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), is conducting a Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment for the province, which is being funded by the federal and provincial governments under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). This risk assessment will identify:
our most significant natural hazard types;
assess the frequency that hazards occur;
assess the impact that hazards have on people, infrastructure/buildings, the economy and the environment; and
consider the impact of climate change on the natural hazards.
This risk assessment will also provide information required for the province, and possibly municipalities, to apply for funding under the NDMP.
A critical part of the risk assessment includes consultations and stakeholder workshops. The SRC will be holding 6 workshop sessions this spring and summer across the province (dates to be announced in a future Municipalities Today newsletter). Two sessions will be held in the north, two in central Saskatchewan and two in the south. These sessions will provide municipalities and other public safety stakeholders with an opportunity to identify their most critical hazard vulnerabilities for inclusion in the assessment. The sessions will also assist the SRC in gaining local knowledge of where hazards exist and of mitigation measures currently in place.
If your municipality is interested in attending one of the six summer workshops, please email email@example.com to be put on the contact list. For more information on risk assessments, please see: