Striking Back: An Assessment of Lightning-related Fatality and Injury Risk in Canada with Brian Mills: Friday Forum 19 Jan 2007 by ICLR

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction is pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop with Brian Mills, Climatologist, Environment Canada. Cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning is a common natural atmospheric hazard in Canada. Its significance to health and property is recognized in weather watches and warnings for severe thunderstorms that are issued by Environment Canada and in general public safety and emergency preparedness information provided by government agencies and non-government organizations. Based on an analysis of media reports, vital statistics, hospital admission and emergency visitation records, and fire loss data, the authors estimate that on average about 9-10 lightning-related deaths and 92-164 injuries occur each year in Canada. The presentation will review these and other findings and discuss progress on a parallel investigation to estimate and evaluate lightning-related property damage and service interruption impacts.

Brian Mills is an applied climatologist employed by Environment Canada and based out of the University of Waterloo, where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. Over the course of his 13 years with the Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Brian has applied climatological knowledge, data and analytical methods to understand the vulnerability and adaptability of weather-sensitive sectors including transportation, health and urban water management.

  • When: Friday, January 19, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Where: Insurance Bureau of Canada, 151 Yonge Street, 18th floor boardroom, Toronto.

  • RSVP: Tracy Waddington (416) 364-8677 (twaddington@iclr.org).

Friday Forum

ICLR seeks to strengthen the insurance community�s awareness of the risks associated with natural hazards. Each month we will host an informal discussion of current research and industry issues related to natural hazards. Attendance will be limited to ensure that participants can directly contribute to the discussion. The cost is $75 ($150 for non-members, if space permits) for each forum. Business casual dress.

About ICLR

ICLR is a research institute. Established by Canada�s property and casualty insurers, we are working to reduce disaster losses. The Institute is internationally recognized for our leadership in multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research. Quality research provides the foundation for better public policy and disaster management. We use research findings to help you better understand the hazards that you are vulnerable to, and identify simply steps you can take to better protect your family and your home. More at http://www.iclr.org/.