Wildfire, spills, earthquakes are biggest threats to Whitehorse

The biggest natural risk for Whitehorse is the threat of a wildfire reaching the city, according to a new report

Whitehorse, YK (Feb. 19, 2019) – The City of Whitehorse has published its Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis Report online. This important report, prepared by Ottawa-based consulting firm Calian Emergency Management Solutions, will help the city prepare for the worst and most likely risks and allow for the creation of exercises and training programs.


Identifying and measuring risk against realistic metrics is an important step in establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive Emergency Management Program. Completing this process and taking appropriate planning and development actions will enable an organization to mitigate hazards where possible, prepare response and management programs to take action, respond safely and effectively, and recover with minimal disruption and loss. In short, a HIRA enables an organization to improve their overall resiliency.

Calian’s HIRA is an accounting and qualitative measure hazard of impact on a community or organization. It takes into account many information streams including historic accounting of incident frequency and severity, traditional knowledge of local and indigenous peoples, professional opinion of response organizations, and industry best practice. A complete and current HIRA can be used as one tool to assist city leaders and responders prepare for and take action to prevent serious and costly emergency actions.

Executive Summary

This HIRA is a qualitative examination of the Likelihood, Consequence and Risk of specific hazard types as they relate to the City of Whitehorse. The project team responsible to gathering and assessing the risk data was comprised of members from various city departments, the Yukon Government, and RCMP. The HIRA methodology, facilitation of all client and stakeholder interactions, and final assessment of hazard information was completed by Calian.

The HIRA has identified 28 hazard types with the potential to impact the city. This list is not exhaustive and cannot be considered a total accounting of all risks and hazards. In addition, the compounding of several hazards can significantly modify the impact or risk associated with a hazard. This hazard list is well suited to aid city decision makers in their work to provide emergency management and response services to the city and for prioritization of mitigation efforts.

Access the Report

Read the full report here.

About Calian

Calian Group Ltd. (TSX:CGY) was founded in 1982. Headquartered in Ottawa, Calian employs over 3,000 people with offices and projects that span Canada, U.S. and international markets. The company’s capabilities are diverse with services delivered through two divisions:

The Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division is headquartered in Ottawa and includes the provision of business and technology services to industry, public and government in the health, training, engineering and IT services domains.

Calian’s Systems Engineering Division (SED) located in Saskatoon plans, designs and implements complex communication systems for many of the world’s space agencies and leading satellite manufacturers and operators. SED also provides contract manufacturing services for both private sector and military customers in North America.

With strengths in understanding clients’ needs, developing solutions to meet those needs and following through to ensure that the customer’s requirements are fully satisfied, Calian is committed to delivering excellence. We can help, find out how! For more information, visit www.calian.com/en/.

Source: City of Whitehorse

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