Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

The ultimate purpose of emergency management is to save lives, preserve the environment and protect property and the economy. Emergency management is comprised of four interdependent risk-based functions: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Mitigation provides a critical foundation for emergency management in Canada.

About disaster mitigation

Disaster mitigation measures are those that eliminate or reduce the impacts and risks of hazards through proactive measures taken before an emergency or disaster occurs.

Canada's National Disaster Mitigation Strategy

The Government of Canada, together with provincial and territorial governments, launched Canada's National Disaster Mitigation Strategy on January 9, 2008.

Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

In June 2009, as part of its commitment to deliver on the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), Canada announced the establishment of a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to build multi-stakeholder coordinated leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction.

National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP)

The NDMP fills a critical gap in Canada's ability to effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, flood-related events by building a body of knowledge on flood risks in Canada, and investing in foundational flood mitigation activities.

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