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HRM holds engagement session to learn about potential risks of natural disasters and more

By Joe Thomson Sep 18, 2023 | 12:33 PM

A dashcam photo of a tree that fell on Hammonds Plains Road by Highland Park. (Image contributed by Mike Daigle).

The Halifax Regional Municipality is looking for public feedback on how to improve safety and preparedness in the face of natural disasters. The community has been through wildfires, floods, and now a hurricane in the span of just four months.

The municipality began conducting hazardous risk and vulnerability assessments this spring in an effort to better understand human, natural, or conflict-caused hazards that exist and how they increase community vulnerability. They are holding a feedback session tonight at the Fairbanks Centre in Dartmouth from 6 to 8 p.m.

The goal of the engagement sessions is to gather local knowledge on historical hazards and the likelihood of them happening again.

The HRM and Nova Scotia have been through a lot this summer, and climate change is making these kinds of disasters happen more frequently. Understanding how we can prepare for these hazards is a step in the right direction to reduce their potential devastation.