Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention & CEMC
Phone: (705) 739-4220 ext. 3262
Fax: (705) 728-1277
Atmospheric Hazards Website
Canadian Disaster Database
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The core of emergency management: knowing about the hazards and risks that could cause emergencies in our community.
Hazard identification and risk assessment produces a community risk profile that helps set priorities and guide development of the emergency management elements: prevention & mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
A hazard is an event or physical condition that has the potential to cause fatalities, injuries, property damage, infrastructure damage, agricultural loss, damage to the environment, interruption of business, or other types of harm or loss.
Natural hazards are sometimes called “Acts of God” and result from the forces of nature. For example: severe weather and extreme temperatures; geological events such as earthquakes and landslides; hydrological events such as droughts and floods; human health emergencies and epidemics.
Technological hazards come from the manufacture, transportation, and use of modern technology and substances such as chemicals, explosives, flammables and radioactive materials. For example: structural fire and collapse, explosion; failure of critical infrastructure such as natural gas, power, drinking water; hazardous material spill; transportation accident.
Human-caused hazards are the direct result of human actions, such as civil disorder, sabotage and terrorism.
Risk is the chance of something happening that will impact the community or environment. It is measured in terms of probability or likelihood and consequences.
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