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Disaster Center: Most Deadly 100 Natural Disasters Of 20th Century
Disaster Center lists the 100 most deadly natural disasters of the the 20th century, including epidemics, floods, droughts, famines, hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides.

GBA: What the Term Resilience Really Means
Green Building Advisor says as resilience moves from technical term to buzzword, there's value to be had in clarifying exactly what we’re talking about.

Wikipedia: Overview Of Natural Disasters
Wikapedia online encyclopedia offers descriptions and resources on natural disasters and hazards involving earth, water, storms & weather, fire, health & disease, and space.
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RES/CON: Annual International Conference On Successful Resilency & Disaster Management
RES/CON is the premier annual international conference on the practice of successful resiliency and disaster management in an evolving global environment. This is a rebranding of a conference called International Disaster Conference and Expo (IDCE) that has brought over 800 registrants to New Orleans annually since 2012. Based in New Orleans - a globally recognized hub of resilience, disaster management and innovation this 3-day conference bringS a previously unseen mix of disaster and resilience practitioners to explore profound and powerful topics that impact communities and economies worldwide. Plenary sessions, workshops, policy debates, best-practice reviews and peer networking events will engage and promote participation from all who attend.
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BC Housing: Mobilizing Building Adaptation & Resilience
Mobilizing Building Adaptation and Resilience is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder knowledge and capacity building project led by BC Housing, with participation and contribution from over 30 organizations, including national, provincial, and local agencies; and industry partners. Through facilitating and piloting sustainable and resilient design and renovation of buildings, the MBAR project aims to stabilize communities in a natural disaster.

ICLR: Canadian Institute For Catastrophic Loss Reduction
ICLR is a research institute established by Canadian property and casualty insurers, and works to reduce disaster losses through disaster prevention research.

ICLR: Institute For Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction is a centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications.
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EMBC: Key BC Agency Links For Emergency Management
Emergency Management BC provides link to BC agencies and resources for emergency management.

JIBC: Links To Resources On Disasters & Emergency Management
Justice Institute of BC provides links to resources on emergency management including general, BC, Canada, business recovery, communications, earthquakes, floods, libraries, volcanoes, weather, wildfires, and journals.

NAHB: Disaster Preparation & Recovery Resources
US National Association of Home Builders offers disaster preperation and recovery resources which can help disaster victims begin to put the pieces of their lives back together. Find out how to find and select a professional builder or remodeler, how to avoid unscrupulous contractors, prepare for a natural disaster and other vital resources to help disaster victims recover.

US FEMA: US Resource Site On Disasters
US Federal Emergency Management Agency provides information and resources on chemical emergencies, dam failure, earthquakes, flood, hazardous material, heat, hurricanes, landslides, nuclear power plant, terrorism, thunderstorms, tornados, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, and winter storms.

US HUD: Housing Research On Natural & Man-Made Hazards
US Department Of Housing & Urban Development offers reports on their housing research on natural and man-made hazards.

ASLA: Guide To Resilient Design For Landscaping
American Society of Landscape Architects online Guide to Resilient Design helps communities become more resilient and come back stronger after disruptive natural events. It is organized around disruptive events that communities now experience: drought, extreme heat, fire, flooding, landslides, and, importantly, biodiversity loss, which subverts our ability to work with nature.

AWC: Manual To Design Wood Frame Buildings For Wind, Snow & Seismic Loads
American Wood Council offers this detailed online manual for designing and constructing wood frame buildings for high wind, snow and seismic load conditions. (PDF)

BC Gov: Provincial Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
BC Provincial Comprehensive Emergency Management Program has plans for their response to hazards including disease, wildfires, floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes.

BCCA: Online Presentations On Resilience Strategy
BC Construction Association online presentations from the recent UR+BC symposium include recommendations to tackle the challenges of hazard mitigation and increased resilience in the industrial, commercial, and institutional built environment.

BSCI: Disaster-Resilient Buildings
Building Science Consulting online TED talk video features a Canada Research Chair describing the damage wrought by storms and arguing for positive impact of simple design choices.

CSA: CSA Z1600-17 Emergency Management & Business Continuity Programs
CSA, working with Public Safety Canada and other stakeholders, has created CSA Z1600-17 Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. This new voluntary Canadian Standard incorporates a risk-based, all hazards approach that integrates emergency management and business continuity for a total program approach, providing both opportunity and rationale for collaboration among diverse stakeholders. $109 CDN

Ecohome: Future-Proofing & Resilient Home Design
Ecohome describes some design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate.

FLASH: Last House Standing Online Game
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes online game Last House Standing makes the case for resilient construction to the next generation of homeowners and homebuilders, that how and where you build are fundamental for disaster survival.

FortisBC: Tips For Emergency Preparedness
FortisBC gas utility provides information to help you prepare for earthquakes, floods, power outages, and how to make an emergency kit.

GBA: Resilience is the New Green
Green Building Advisor says attitudes are shifting from avoiding catastrophe to managing it with strategies including resilience and adaptation.

ICLR: Builder Manual For Increasing Home's Resistance To Natural Disasters
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction online Designed for Safer Living homebuilding program manual specifies construction and design guidelines to enable homes to increase their resistance to natural, catastrophe-level perils most likely to occur in the area. (PDF)

NIST: Emergency Communication Strategies For Buildings
US National Institute of Standards and Technology report Developing Emergency Communication Strategies for Buildings answers three major questions regarding emergency communication systems: 1) What technology exists or is proposed for use in emergency notification? 2) What approaches are currently being used to disseminate messages? 3) How does the public respond to different types of information and information sources? (PDF)

Public Safety Canada: Canadian Resources For Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada site offers consumer resources on emergency preparedness including risks, making a plan, and preparing a kit.

REMI: Resilient Buildings Function Through Crises
REMI Network says across Canada, building owners and managers now contemplate increasing odds that they will have to respond to and recover from crises that can compromise operations, assets and/or their tenants' safety, security and business continuity.

US Department of Homeland Security: Resources For Planning Ahead For Disasters
US Department of Homeland Security provides emergency preparedness information for a wide range of disasters.

US DOE: High Performance Homes & Resistance, Resilience, Recovery
US DOE online slide show presentation Residential High Performance and Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery describes construction techniques to make homes both energy efficient and disaster resistant. (PDF)

US FEMA: Coastal Construction Manual
US Federal Emergency Management Agency online Coastal Construction Manual is intended to help design professionals, state and local officials, and builders mitigate natural hazards to one- to four-family residential buildings in coastal areas. (PDF)

US FEMA: Overview On Building A Safe Room In Your House
US Federal Emergency Management Agency document provides designs for in-home, free-standing & underground shelters to protect families from the forces of wind & flying debris.

US FEMA: US National Disaster Housing Strategy
US Federal Emergency Management Agency prepared the National Disaster Housing Strategy which summarizes the many sheltering and housing capabilities, principles, and policies that guide and inform the disaster housing process. The Strategy also charts the new direction that disaster housing efforts must take to better meet the disaster housing needs of individuals and communities moving forward. (PDF)

US HUD: Pre-Disaster Planning For Permanent Housing Recovery
US Department of Housing and Urban Development offers four online guides for Pre-Disaster Planning for Permanent Housing Recovery including an overview of the permanent housing options, a summary of the national disaster housing strategy, the House Capacity Calculator, and basic plant design requirements for manufactured, modular, and panelized housing.
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