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The smart software fighting fire with #fire

Australia’s key disaster management agencies have joined forces to tackle the problem of how to access and interpret information gathered during bushfires, and other natural disasters to help emergency services save lives and property…

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Policing Minister announces £20 million funding for PCCs

Policing Minister Damian Green today announced that £20 million will be made available to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to pay for new ideas. The government previously said a Police Innovation Fund worth up to £50 million a year would be established from 2014-15. But £20 million will shortly be made available as a “precursor” fund, from which PCCs can bid for money to pay for proposals with the potential to improve policing and make it more efficient. They could include ideas for forces to collaborate or invest in modern digital technology…

Somalia: Struggling in the face of twin natural disasters

In Puntland, a cyclone that struck on 10 November left dozens of people dead and up to a million head of livestock wiped out by freak freezing temperatures, high winds and severe floods. “The regions of Nugal and Bari were the most affected,” said Abshir Omar Jama, who is coordinating the ICRC’s relief effort in Puntland. “Hundreds of families have been rendered homeless, and the economy – highly dependent on livestock farming – has been shattered through the loss of so many animals.”..

Feature: Yolanda’s rage and Filipinos’ resilience

The government-initiated volunteering movement Pilipinas Natin opened a central and provincial command centers for its Walang Iwanan relief campaign where donors could drop off their in-kind donations. The group partnered with the Philippine Information Agency provincial offices in the Ilocos to set up drop-off sites from Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan and La Union.Donations collected will then be sent to the Pilipinas Natin main command center the Department of Agrarian Reform Gym in Quezon City where repacking and sorting by thousands of volunteers are being done…

Typhoon Haiyan: Lives Lost Because Early Warning System Not in Place

More lives could be saved if governments were to adopt an early warning wireless technology, RegPoint, the company behind the technology, has told the International Roundtable for Disaster Resilience in Brussels. The company claimed that “millions of lives” were being put at risk by governments failing to act quickly enough to implement this technology. “World leaders are failing to adopt advanced early warning systems that could save millions of lives in disaster-prone regions,” it said…

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