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From the Philippines to Haiti, Disaster Recovery is a Way of Life

For many millions of people living in the planet’s poorest, most populous places, a state of recovery from what used to be called “natural” disasters has become the norm, not some exceptional circumstance. The central Philippines, now reeling from the impact of Typhoon Haiyan, a super storm if ever there was one, are just the latest place in which huge human losses follow a disaster that, in a rich country, would almost assuredly mainly exact a financial toll. See Keith Bradsher’s wrenching reports here and here for details on the damage. And the immediate search and rescue efforts are just a warmup for years of relocation, recovery and rebuilding…


A Resilience Scorecard is key to coping with natural disasters

Auckland is not immune from the need to prepare for natural disasters, even if the recent earthquakes in Christchurch and Wellington make those cities the obvious targets for developing resilient infrastructure. Aecom NZ managing director John Bridgman says the critical issue is learning from the experiences of Christchurch and Wellington. “We have a fantastic opportunity in New Zealand to pick up that learning and see the issues that came up there and how resilient those cities were.” Bridgman explains resilience is the ability to cope with and bounce back from extreme events, adding that it is “also about how you deal with other critical events, they could be pandemics, cyber attacks, sovereignty issues, even major financial crises.” Given Auckland is the country’s economic powerhouse, ensuring the resiliency of the Super City is essential…


Governor Cuomo Announces New Academic Partnership Focused On Storm Resilience And Emergency Preparedness

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. “Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee taught us many lessons from the last three years, but the biggest lesson of all was that we have much more to learn about today’s changing and unpredictable climate,” Governor Cuomo said. “That is why we are launching the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies. NY RISE will bring together several of our state’s top universities to serve as a world-class think tank of research and education on extreme weather and emergency preparedness. We are gathering top academic leaders, policy makers, emergency experts and first responders from across the nation to develop strategies to meet one simple goal – and that is to better protect New York’s communities in natural disasters.”…


How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines

It will be months before we know the true damage brought about by super typhoon Haiyan. The largest death tolls now associated with the storm are only estimates. Aid workers from across the world are now flying to the island nation, or they just recently arrived there. They—and Filipinos—will support survivors and start to rebuild. But they will be helped by an incredible piece of technology, a worldwide, crowd-sourced humanitarian collaboration made possible by the Internet. What is it? It’s a highly detailed map of the areas affected by super typhoon Haiyan, and it mostly didn’t exist three days ago, when the storm made landfall…


In Disaster Recovery, Volunteer Efforts are Priceless

From mucking out homes to hanging drywall; from providing cleaning supplies to delivering food and financial assistance, volunteers and charitable organizations from around the nation have worked diligently to help residents of hard-hit New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy. At the one-year anniversary of Sandy, many of the volunteers and sponsoring organizations who lent a hand in the critical first days after the disaster are still here and still helping. As of the end of September 2013, some 173,544 volunteers had invested more than 1 million volunteer hours in the Sandy recovery effort. The value of their contributions now totals more than $30 million…




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