REDIRECTION – Environmental

Mitigation and resilience

The word being used is mitigation.  It is Alberta’s $150 million commitment to reduce the severity of potential flood damage in the province, since the tragic floods of 2013 in Calgary and area.  The flood that took the lives of five people and left over 100,000 misplaced.  Another word might be redirection.

In 2016 a flood mitigation group was organized by the City of Calgary to assess what measures still needed to take place for resilience, after the initial cleanup.  According to the Alberta Government website, this year alone the province plans to spend $30 million of the dedicated $150.

“Flood resilience remains a top priority for Calgarians and their municipal government. As the snowpack melts, we all anxiously look at the two rivers that flow through our city. But with smart investments in our watershed and emergency preparedness, we are protecting our people and property well into the future. Through partnership with the provincial government, we are more resilient than we were five years ago, and we will only get stronger and more resilient as we continue to work together,” said Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary on the city’s site.

May 15 to July 15 are high risk flood months in Alberta, because of potential heavy rainfall combined with melting snow.  Just as the province is doing its part to prepare, the best way to protect yourself and family is to stay informed and also prepare.  Besides the river apps that can be downloaded, it is encouraged to have an emergency disaster plan in place.

More information can be found on The City of Calgary website.  Sign up to receive notices or plan to attend a flood preparedness open house.  Each surrounding community is offering its individual communication with flood education.

When it comes to the power of raging waters, and sometimes life in general, the bottom line is that no matter how prepared we are, how resilient we have become or how much mitigation has taken place, the power of nature can force the flow, creating its own redirection.  It is also true that once we have endured a tragedy such as this, we are very well aware of the possibility of it happening again.  It is no longer something that happens to “someone else.”

What matters, then, is what you choose to do with conceivable redirection and how you rebuild when the time comes – despite the amount of destruction that has taken place.  This is when each of the other six aspects must come into play.  With strong integrity and resilience, the part of your life that has been washed away can be restored and life will go on.

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