Delta – Strengthening Communication & Preparedness for Flooding Events [dl11]
|Status||completed in 2019|
|Project Lead||Delta Farmers’ Institute|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, City of Delta|
|Other Partners||agriculture producers|
This project identified and documented roles and responsibilities, mechanisms, and actions for communication between the City of Delta and agricultural groups/operations during a flood or other emergency event. Regular annual communication was also identified as important for ensuring that lines of communication remain open and preparedness plans are updated.
Climate change is anticipated to magnify flood risk in Delta due to the combined effects of sea level rise, the potential increase in magnitude/frequency of Fraser River peak flows, and the increase in frequency and intensity of extreme rainfall events. Effective communication will assist with smooth and efficient response during flooding and any other extreme event or emergency.
This project’s final report summarizes project activities — including a consultation process and workshop — and includes a draft plan for guiding communication between the City of Delta and agricultural organizations before, during, and after a flood.
Some of the key actions in the draft communications plan include:
- revisiting and updating the communication plan annually and providing seasonal (freshet) updates for Delta producers
- establishing and training agricultural liaisons to serve as representatives of the Delta farming community in an Emergency Operations Centre in the event of a flood