Avert’s 2023 top stories of the year
December 18, 2023
By Avert staff
As the year wraps up, Avert is sharing the top 10 most-read articles on our website in 2023.
As we head into the new year and turn the page on record-breaking hazard seasons in Canada, we took a look at our own data to share what articles made an impression to our disaster and emergency management audience in 2023.
In the tenth most-read spot, professor and author Ilan Kelman explains why disasters are neither natural, nor sudden, unusual, or unpredictable. “The disaster is the creation and perpetuation of vulnerability,” Kelman writes.
An inside look at Nova Scotia EMO’s response to post-tropical storm Fiona last year landed in the No. 9 spot on our most-read list. Jason Mew and Lori Errington shared with Avert their takeaways from their time leading the EMO during the storm.
Emergency manager Alishia Ivany’s reflection on the role of meaningful leadership to encourage and support underrepresented voices is the No. 8 most-read article this year. The first in Avert’s All Hands on Deck column, Ivany urges leaders to encourage those who are ready to disrupt the disaster and emergency management field.
Taking the seventh spot on our list, emergency management professional Tiana Putric explores how X’s new policies will affect the field, and suggests ways disaster and emergency management officials can adapt their strategies and tools.
Kelvin Hirsch, retired director of forest research with the Canadian Forest Service, authored the No. 6 most-read article. Hirsch urges collaboration when it comes to managing the risks from wildland fire, noting it is a shared responsibility of individuals, neighbourhoods, communities, businesses, and all levels of government.
Landing squarely in the middle of our list is a submission from researchers David Etkin, Domini Baldasaro, and Stephanie Etkin. Their article summarizes interviews with 16 disaster and emergency management practitioners and academics in Canada to shed light on key areas for improvement.
The fourth most-read article is a look at how each province and territory in Canada structures its EMOs. “The fundamentals remain the same: making sure all involved understand what needs to be done, plan together to deliver what’s needed, matching physical and human resources and finding a way to help,” says Geoffrey Downey on behalf of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization.
In the No. 3 spot on our list, 30-year emergency manager Ernest MacGillivray reflects on how the field has changed over the years, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.
Avert’s profile on Team Rubicon Canada made the No. 2 spot in our top 10 list of most-read articles. “We’re at 103 missions, and we’re continuing to grow so we can be there for even more communities in need,” COO Steve MacBeth says.
Municipal emergency manager (and Avert editorial advisory board member) Jay Shaw’s five rules of leadership was our most-read article of the year. Each rule, he shares, is a foundational skill that can ensure effectiveness in the emergency management profession
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