In June 2014, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) launched its U.S. disaster preparedness toolkit titled "Leadership in the Time of Crisis". In response to the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods, IEDC allowed the toolkit to be customized for the Canadian context.
The first Canadian edition of the toolkit was released in the fall of 2014. A second edition was released in 2017, and third in 2019. A new edition will be launched in 2023.
This toolkit was designed to help Canadian communities, emergency personnel and elected officials continue to prepare for, respond to, and recover from various types of natural, manmade and technological disasters.
The Toolkit is also the manual for EDA's Economic Disaster Resilience and Recovery Workshop.