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OTTAWA, October 24, 2012 — The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety today commended the 3rd Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction and announced that the Canadian Disaster Database has been added to the Government of Canada's Open Data Portal.

“Resilience and capacity building occurs prior to a disaster, and can mitigate the impacts and effects of the situation,” said Minister Toews. “The exchange of ideas at the Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction and posting of the Canadian Disaster Database to the Government's Open Data Portal are important initiatives for bolstering Canadians' ability to anticipate, mitigate and manage the impact of disasters.”

The Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction is an opportunity for disaster risk experts and stakeholders from all levels of government, non-government organizations, academia, the private sector, Aboriginal Communities, and individual Canadians to share their ideas and provide input on how to move from reaction to resilience. Since the launch of Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction at the inaugural Roundtable meeting in 2010, stakeholders have been working to integrate the disaster risk reduction concept in policies, plans and programs across Canada.

Convening the Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction meeting and extending access to information about disaster trends through the Canadian Disaster Database are part of the Government of Canada's broader commitment to work with provinces and territories on mitigation efforts that can lessen the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities and reduce the costs associated with these events.

Canadians can follow @Get_Prepared on Twitter for safety tips and practical information on how to prepare for emergencies.

For more information on disaster mitigation and the Canadian Disaster Database, please visit our website

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Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

Julie Carmichael
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety

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