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Pacific Partnership: Can an Expensive Exercise Deliver More Value?

ringSince 2006, the U.S. Navy has been conducting Pacific Partnership, a U.S. Defense Department forward readiness humanitarian aid program in the Asia Pacific Region. This program costs U.S. taxpayers roughly $20 million per mission. Captain Jesse Wilson, the 2011 mission commander sees responses to natural disasters in the Pacific as part of Pacific Partnership’s mission. They are a constant reminder that the United States must “be ready and trained to operate collectively and effectively with our partner nations throughout the Pacific.”..


Zurich Donates $3M for Post-Katrina Disaster Recovery Lab


Global insurance provider Zurich Insurance Group announced its Z Zurich Foundation is giving a $3 million grant to St. Bernard Project (SBP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable way. The grant is a three-year commitment to create a Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab that will share lessons learned in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help others be better prepared for disasters…


Sri Lanka First in South Asia to Access Innovative World Bank Disaster Risk Financing

Sri Lanka became the first South Asian country to access an innovative form of World Bank financing that provides immediate payouts after a major catastrophe such as a tsunami, cyclone or flood. Approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, the $102 million Development Policy Loan with a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (DPL with a CAT DDO) is a line of credit that can be drawn on partially or in full if a country declares a state of emergency after a natural disaster. The facility was approved by the Board along with a $110 million Climate Resilience Improvement Project (CRIP), which will finance both short and long term interventions to reduce climate and disaster risk…


Connecticut Council of Governments says preperation, resilience key to recovery from disasters

Community resilience — made possible by advance planning — is a key to ensure faster recovery to any future disasters, including weather events, the two chairman of the state Long-Term Recovery Committee told area mayors and first selectmen Wednesday. The committee is co-chaired by George Bradner, property casualty director for the state Insurance Department, and Mike Lettieri, director of the state Department of Economic and Community Development. It has worked since early 2012, in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy and severe snowstorms, to build a framework to support long-term recovery from past and future disasters, supporting and identifying resources to mitigate risk and better foster recovery, they said…


Disaster Expo set for May

The City of Isle of Palms and Town of Sullivan’s Island will host a Disaster Preparedness Expo Wednesday, May 21 at 5 p.m. in the Isle of Palms Public Safety Building. The event is organized to educate residents, visitors and businesses on how to prepare for and recover from natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods…

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