Flood Risk Mitigation at the Community and Household Level
How can we tackle climate adaptation in Canada? In this talk Dana Decent, Manager of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, will outline current efforts to improve community resiliency through flood-resilient community design standards. She will explain how to reduce homeowner risk through the Home Flood Protection Program and explore home inspector training on flood risk. She will also share new research on the mental health impacts of flooding based on 100 interviews she conducted with homeowners in flood-impacted neighbourhoods, and how this research has galvanized new partners to engage in climate adaptation efforts in the country.
Dana has worked in sustainable business operations, reporting and research across corporate, government and non-profit sectors including roles with Sun Life Financial and Green Economy Canada (formerly Sustainability CoLab). Dana manages the Intact Centre’s operational functions, leads research projects, and provides research support for the Centre’s team members. Her current research focuses on the mental health impacts of flooding. She is the recipient of Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30 (2016), St. Paul’s Young Alumni Award (2016), and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Leader of the Year (2018).
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