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New academic partnership focuses on storm resilience and emergency preparedness

The New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), a new “applied think tank” led by New York University and Stony Brook University will serve as a hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters. The Resiliency Institute will bring together academic thought leaders as well as government officials, national experts and emergency response leaders, to conduct research and provide scientific information and intellectual resources that will lead to the development of comprehensive plans that policymakers and stakeholders can use to better protect communities…

Community groups may have key role in disaster recovery

An American expert in post-disaster recovery says community groups can play a key role in helping build resilience to cope with natural disasters. Laurie Johnson, who was one of the lead authors of the recovery plan for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, has been working with the Christchurch City Council. She says in both Christchurch and New Orleans, community groups took on important roles after the disaster to help get the cities functioning again. Ms Johnson says the groups also find planning for disaster preparedness can help build a sense of community. She says in New Orleans, many of the community group leaders have gone on to play important roles in local government. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she’d like to see the civil defence model restructured to make more use of community groups…


Building disaster resilience

In most parts of Barangay Sta. Cruz in Makati City, residents have been accustomed to pockets of flooding during heavy rains. “Whenever it rains really hard, the floodwater rises up to the gutter,” said Elisa Lopez, a 60-year-old resident of Montojo Street. Lopez noted that Barangay Sta. Cruz had sprawling rice fields half a century ago. During typhoons or monsoon rains, which normally last for days, dark grey water from the nearby Manila South Cemetery gets into her rundown house…


Natural Disasters And The Dynamics Of Intangible Assets

Empirical evidence suggests that the higher-order effects of natural disasters, which affect intangible assets, may be even more important than the material inter-industry effects. However, most existing general equilibrium models ignore higher order effects concerning human capital. Moreover, it is recognized that natural resource dependence increases vulnerability to natural disasters. Recent studies have indeed shown the potential importance of subsistence traps caused by asset losses in low-income economies from a partial equilibrium perspective…


Resilience is an essential life skill for psychological wellbeing

Illness, financial problems and other setbacks can have a major impact upon long-term wellbeing and so it is vital that we learn to become resilient, writes behavioural skills specialist Liggy Webb. One of the most important skills in life is the ability to be resilient, especially when so many people have to deal with so many challenges and constant change. Modern living isn’t getting any easier and according to WHO (World Health Organization) depression will be the second biggest cause of illness by 2020. According to facts and figures around mental health, one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in a year…


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