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Breaking the culture of reliance

Experts say city dwellers are unprepared for major natural disasters, a special report by Margot O’Neill…


Flooding risk data wrong (Tweed Heads, NSW)

The drastic increase in rates for flood coverage being quoted to many local residents can be blamed on incorrect risk assessments carried out by insurance industry. New information has emerged on the issue which shows the reason companies are quoting rate increases of up to 1000 percent or refusing coverage altogether comes down to assessment being done based on the location of a geographical point in the centre of a property rather than where a home is located…


Asia Pacific more vulnerable to natural disasters: Report

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers in a report ‘Natural Disasters: Saving Lives Today, Building Resilience Tomorrow’, highlighted that the increasing vulnerability of the Asia-Pacific region and the fact that as well as an average of around 200 million people being directly affected by natural disasters every year, the economic impact of these disasters stretches right across the globe – as seen in the wake of the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.  The report also focused on the increasing number of people affected by natural disasters but the decreasing number of people killed by them.  The Institution’s report examined the trend of global urbanisation which is projected to result in 75 percent of the world’s population living in towns and cities by 2050, 95 percent of the expansion in urban living being anticipated in developing countries…


Sporting groups get a helping hand (Bundaberg, Queensland)

ALMOST 30 local sporting groups affected by January’s floods have been given a leg up with Bundaberg Regional Council providing them with disaster plans and emergency kits to ensure they’re better prepared in the event of future natural disasters. Sport and Recreation portfolio spokeswoman Cr Lynne Forgan said the council initiative, funded by the State Government, was a chance to help enhance disaster resilience for the much-loved community groups. “Sporting organisations are the lifeblood of any community and it is thoroughly important that we ensure they have plans in place to cope with disaster situations,” Cr Forgan said. “Following this year’s natural disasters council has identified 28 flood-affected sporting organisations who we have now assisted through this program…


Look back at record year for natural disasters (USA)

2013 was a year of record-breaking natural disasters, including the powerful tornadoes that struck Oklahoma, and a 10-week rim fire in California’s Yosemite Park…




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