Types of Disasters

Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to your community and your region can help you better prepare. Find out here what the hazards are in your region and the agency with public responsibility.

The Government of Canada maintains a page called "Know the Risks" that outlines all the types of disasters that you might prepare for.

For a Canadian database of actual disasters by timeframe, disaster type and province or territory, please see the Canadian Disaster Database [www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/cndn-dsstr-dtbs/index-en.aspx].

You might also refer to the emergency management sites maintained by each province/territory:

General: There are many forms of severe weather in Canada (heat/cold, torrential rains, blizzards, ice storms, droughts, etc.) not specifically mentioned above. In addition to natural disasters there are other types of risks. There are power outages, industrial and major transportation incidents. As well, there is the possibility of intentional acts including terrorism on Canadian soil and other human caused disasters such as bombings, school and other public shootings, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear emergencies.