Centre for Community Disaster Research

Welcome to the Centre for Community Disaster Research

The United Nations and World Bank recently predicted that the number of people worldwide at risk of catastrophic events will double by 2050 and that global economic losses to disaster will triple by 2100. Within our lifetimes, disaster is poised to become a much more common phenomenon worldwide. In 2013, Southern Alberta witnessed the destructive potential of such events, as flood waters enveloped cities, towns, and agricultural land throughout the region. Causing more than $2 billion in damage, it is now considered the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

The projected increase in catastrophic events will have a number of causes including urbanization, desertification, migration of populations to risky coastal areas, and storms intensified by climate change. These changes present communities with many important questions; How can we best mitigate disaster risk?; How can people be promptly evacuated from an impending disaster?; How can businesses and the built environment be protected?; How can governments and NGO’s facilitate prompt and equitable recovery and rebuilding?

Answering these questions will not be easy, quick, or inexpensive. Yet the answers are important for a number of key stakeholders, including university researchers, emergency managers, public officials, NGO’s, and private-sector businesses. Mount Royal University’s Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR) seeks to empower researchers and community partners to collaboratively answer some of these questions, in the Alberta and Canadian contexts, as well as abroad. Born out of the Southern Alberta flood, but global in focus, the CCDR seeks to create and disseminate knowledge that will mitigate disaster risk, protect families and communities, and after a disaster or crisis, help those communities to bounce back more quickly.

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