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Disaster Preparedness & Relief: Three Things to Know

It will take months to fully understand the human and economic losses brought about by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 8. But at its most basic level, this occurrence underscores the importance of disaster preparedness and has spurred an important conversation about what can and cannot be done in the wake of natural disaster. CFR Senior Fellow Stewart Patrick outlines three things to know about disaster preparedness and relief…

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Experts emphasize rising threat of extreme natural disasters

Distinguished archaeologist and author of The Attacking Ocean, Brian Fagan, Ph.D., brought his lecture and book tour to the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana on Tuesday. “We are extraordinarily vulnerable,” Fagan said. “The issue is extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and cyclones, and the devastating damage they do to modern, urban, industrial society.” Steering away from sensationalism and doomsday predictions, Fagan instead described numerous historical amphibious assaults orchestrated by the sea and discussed the predictable loss and cost of continental catastrophes…

Philippines’ people power beset by disasters natural and man-made

As countries go, the Philippines has an image problem abroad, many popular connotations being negative, a victim of assorted imperialist ambitions – Spanish, American, Japanese – and of natural disasters, earthquakes and volcanoes, hurricanes and tropical floods. All too often the word Filipino conjures up ideas of domestic service and subservience in distant lands…

Tacloban residents resilient in the face of Haiyan typhoon aftermath

For those people still stuck in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban a week after the city was flattened by huge surging seas, there seems little to be positive about. The terrible death toll is only set to rise and the relief effort is proving to be nowhere near adequate, with hundreds of thousands still without enough water, food and shelter. Yet among the grief and distress, the ABC correspondent Stephen McDonell still managed to find resilience in the heart of the disaster zone…

Desperation, resilience in Tacloban: ‘We really don’t know what we’re going to do’

Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) — People sift through debris in the dark, wading through murky puddles formed after frequent, heavy rain showers. Along some streets, groups sit among the stinking piles of wreckage, huddled around small fires cooking food. This is life in Tacloban. Or, more accurately, people’s attempts to hold onto life. So much has changed over the past six days in this Philippine city on the Pacific Ocean, some 575 kilometers (360 miles) southeast of Manila…

 

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