Learning from past disasters

Learning from past disasters

These collections explore the lessons learned from past disasters, what were the risk drivers, impacts and efforts towards building back better.

3 August 2021

In May 2016, a wildfire swept through Fort McMurray, Alberta, ruining thousands of homes and buildings, and causing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

3 August 2021

For several months in 2017, many Atlantic hurricanes had devastating economic and social consequences across the United States and the Caribbean.

3 August 2021

On Saturday, February 7, 2009, a series of bushfires blazed across the state of Victoria, killing several dozen people and amounting to billions of dollars in damages. Black Saturday is remembered as one of Australia's worst bushfires.

3 August 2021

The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season proved to be unprecedented in many ways. Beginning before the official arrival of spring, in June, and worsening significantly from Sept. 2019 on to mid-January 2020.

3 August 2021

In 2010 and 2011, a series of floods hit Queensland, Australia, and affected approximately 90 towns, leading to major economic losses.

3 August 2021

Massive wildfires spread throughout California in 2017 and 2018, burning down homes and even destroying the town of Paradise.

3 August 2021

The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident of the 20th century.

16 September 2021

From the zoonotic origin of the disease to its widespread impact in all sectors, the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the systemic nature of risk, calling for a whole of society approach to mitigate and respond.