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First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership Shares Recommendations for Emergency Managers

from IAEM

The First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership brings together researchers at the University of Alberta and Canadian Forest Services; seven First Nations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; and agencies that carry out or provide support during wildfire evacuations. The research team, which interviewed more than 200 residents to learn about First Nation peoples’ wildfire evacuation experiences and identify ways to reduce negative impacts of evacuations, found that all participating First Nations carried out their evacuations effectively in difficult circumstances. There were many examples of adaptive resilience, but also instances of negative mental and physical health impacts on evacuees. To learn more, read the article, “Research Advice for Emergency Managers from the First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership” (HAZNET, Spring 2018), and download an infographic summary. more

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