City Partners on Climate Adaptation Awareness

City Partners on Climate Adaptation Awareness Project
Posted on 03/09/2020
The City of Charlottetown’s Environment and Sustainability Department has teamed up with the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation to promote awareness and education during Home Flood Protection Week, taking place March 23 – 27.

The Home Flood Protection Program is a residential flood risk reduction education initiative that was launched by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo in 2016. The goals of the Home Flood Protection Program are to help residents take action to reduce their flood risk and reduce damage in the event of a flood.

Along with Home Flood Protection Week, the City’s Environment and Sustainability Committee recently received the final version of the Climate Risk and Resilience Assessment and Recommendations reports, completed by QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) and funded by Natural Resources Canada. The comprehensive report identifies potential hazards, as well as existing strengths and recommendations to enhance resilience to climate change impacts. Various City departments and local stakeholders worked collaboratively during the development of this report to ensure the information is specific to different areas of the City of Charlottetown’s operations.

A hazard identified in the Recommendations Report was hydrological hazards including: coastal flooding, sea level rise, and other forms of flooding from increased precipitation, especially in winter and spring. This is just one area where residents can take action to protect their homes with some simple and cost-effective preventative measures.

A new Climate Change webpage has been added to the City’s website to provide residents and business with information and resources to learn about climate change research and what action individuals and governments can take to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

During Home Flood Protection Week, stayed tuned to the City’s social media platforms (Twitter @ChtownPE and Facebook @CityofCharlottetown) for infographics, resources, videos and ideas for what homeowners can do to reduce risk of basement flooding.

For more information on the report or Home Flood Protection Week, visit: www.charlottetown.ca (Direct link: https://www.charlottetown.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=10500387&pageId=16512217)