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Disasters caused by climate change threaten public safety and the structural integrity of buildings and infrastructure. Therefore, adaptation to climate change must be taken into account in risk management strategies.
Municipalities and various emergency response organizations are encouraged to take climate change into account in their operations. The Climate Change Action Plan offers financial support to municipal organizations and aboriginal communities to help them introduce measures to prevent disasters related to climate change.
The interruption of essential services (drinking water, electricity, telecommunications, roads, etc.) can also have serious consequences. Threats must be identified so solutions can be put in place to ensure continued service.
Landslide prevention. Because climate change alters precipitation regimes, it can increase soil instability that may lead to landslides, with sometimes tragic consequences. In May 2015, the City of Gatineau received $1,000 000 in financial assistance from the Climate Change Action Plan (in French) to stabilize the banks of a waterway in an area with about 200 homes located at the top of the slope. This landslide prevention work carried out under the Ministère de la Sécurité publique’s disaster prevention framework is designed to ensure a safer living environment for people living in at-risk areas.
An area with several city streets and about 200 homes at the top of a slope was identified as presenting the greatest risk of a major landslide.