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  • District of North Vancouver, BC, Canada DNV
    District Hall, 355 W Queens Road
    V7N 4N5 North Vancouver, BC
    Canada

    Phone: +1 6049902311
    Website: http://www.dnv.org

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District of North Vancouver, BC, Canada (DNV)

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http://www.dnv.org

District of North Vancouver "to be among the most sustainable communities in the world" DNV Natural Hazard Management Program "to manage natural hazards and risks in a proactive, balanced and integrated manner, utilizing best practices and excellent communication" North Shore Emergency Management Office...

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Mission

District of North Vancouver "to be among the most sustainable communities in the world"

DNV Natural Hazard Management Program "to manage natural hazards and risks in a proactive, balanced and integrated manner, utilizing best practices and excellent communication"

North Shore Emergency Management Office "A disaster resilient North Shore"

Disaster Reduction Goal

- understand hazards & risks
- educate & communicate
- reduce risk
- provide tools for staff
- develop relevant policies
- enhance response capacity

Policies and Programmes in DRR

- natural hazards management program
- natural hazard development permit areas and guidelines (bylaw)
- risk tolerance criteria policy
- publically accessible hazard database and mapping
- incentive program for property owners to upgrade storm drainage systems on private property
- staff and public training program for emergency readiness
- Rapid Notify - public notification system
- emergency services volunteer management

Membership in Key Networks

- partnership with Natural Resources Canada to assess and mitigate earthquake risk
- Resilient Communities working group (part of Canada's National DRR Platform)
- land-use guide working group
- Canadian Risk and Hazard Network
- Role Model City - Making Cities Resilient campaign
- Regional Emergency Planning Committee
- Disaster Response Routes working group
- Regional Sea Level Rise Collaborative working group
- earthquake preparedness for industry and commerce

Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)

- land use policies are in place to ensure that new development and renovations are built safer than in the past
- annual budget assigned to natural hazard management
- community leaders well-versed in disaster risk reduction issues and priorities
- education sessions for staff, integrated approach to implementing policies related to disaster risk reduction

Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)

- completed detailed risk assessments and community hazard, risk and vulnerability mapping for earthquake, tsunami, wildfire, landslide/debris flow, flooding (major rivers only; small creeks still to be assessed in 2014)
- landslide and debris flow monitoring system in place
- vulnerability of entire bulding stock (private and public) and infrastructure
- provincial tsunami early warning system in place
- public notification system in place

Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)

- hazard/risk reports and maps are publically accessible online and at public libraries
- emergency preparedness information available online and through free public workshops
- education sessions for real estate community to ensure that knowledge about living in hazardous areas is passed to new owners

Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)

- structural mitigation measures have been implemented to reduce the effect of debris fows in the urban area
- vegetataion management projects have been completed to reduce the liklihood and spread of forest fires and windstorms in the wildland-urban interface area
- drainage improvements have been made to improve drainage in landslide prone areas
- flood protection works have been installed
- critical infrastructure protection/strengthening for forest fires, earthquake

Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)

- staff are trained to work in municipal emergency operations centre
- protocols in place for downed powerline/tree response, river rescue, hazardous materials, mutual aid agreements with neighbouring municipalities
- communication systems have been upgraded

Making Cities Resilient Campaign Activities

The District of North Vancouver was the first Canadian municipality to join the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. We have been actively working to encourage other Canadian cities to join. We represent local government on the Resilient Communities working group (part of Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction). District of North Vancouver is a UN Role Model City and the recipient of the 2010 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)

mitigation of effects of:
- earthquakes
- landslides
- forest fires
- floods

climate change adaptation planning

Websites

http://www.dnv.org
http://www.dnv.org/hazards
http://www.nsemo.org

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