This project was conceptualized as an all-of-society approach that sought to address a multitude of gaps identified within recovery planning for disasters with four main sectors in mind. The project incorporated several facilitated discussions through coordinated workshops with all levels of government, regional organizations, and non-government organizations within the Metro Vancouver Region. The project further includes input from academia to inform impacts through hazard scenarios resulting in a coordinated approach to regional recovery and informing the development of the draft Regional Recovery Framework. As lead for the project, the Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management in the Metro Vancouver Region collaborated with a multitude of practitioners from emergency management, business, finance to academia. The Metro Vancouver Region is affected by both climate-related disasters (e.g. landslides from rainfall, windstorms, Sea Level rise, etc.) and non-climate related disasters (e.g. earthquakes).
The changing climate has created a host of potential threats to the Metro Vancouver Region, including floods, fires, disease, and more; recognizing that any one of these events may cause damage to the very systems that the region depends upon for daily life inclusive of people and communities, infrastructure, economy and environment. The Metro Vancouver Region has created a holistic draft pre-disaster Regional Recovery Planning Framework with post-disaster recovery considerations in mind to help guide continuity of operations in the face of a major disaster. This draft regional recovery framework takes into account non-climate related scenarios such as a major earthquake. By focusing on a high-level approach to recovery planning, local government in the Metro Vancouver Region can evaluate potential impacts to built infrastructure, businesses and people. This all-of-society approach to pre-disaster recovery planning is still relatively new in Canada, but has been embraced by Australia, Japan and parts of the United States. The draft framework aims to build a more resilient future for the Metro Vancouver Region. The Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management in the Metro Vancouver Region is a partnership between the Government of British Columbia and the Metro Vancouver Regional District on behalf of 21 municipalities, one Treaty First Nation and one electoral area, to lead and coordinate regional emergency management planning initiatives across the region.