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(Sources cited for this post are UNOCHA organisation, Global Giving org, Red Cross org and the Food and Agriculture Association of the UN).  Read more: http://www.inspiredtechs.com.au/typhoon-haiyan-yolanda-relief/

(Sources cited for this post are UNOCHA organisation, Global Giving org, Red Cross org and the Food and Agriculture Association of the UN).
Read more: http://www.inspiredtechs.com.au/typhoon-haiyan-yolanda-relief/

Three years ago, my homeland was blindsided by calamity. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a stark reminder of nature’s power and underscored the importance of being prepared for the next time disaster strikes. Of course, we all hope there won’t be a next time. But here in Asia and the Pacific, we are alarmingly exposed. Our region has an outsized share—more than 50 percent—of the global disaster death toll, and accounts for more than three-quarters of the world’s damage bill due to natural hazards. In 2011, economic losses reached a staggering $260 billion, or more than 2 percent of GDP. These frailties were brought home to me late last year when the Philippines was struck by Typhoon “Yolanda/Haiyan.” During a recent visit to Tacloban I witnessed the devastation caused by the typhoon, but also the resilient nature of Filipinos as they struggled with extreme adversity…

 

Preparathon Day Appropriately Timed After Tornado Outbreak

StoryApril 30 marks the beginning of FEMA’s national campaign called PrepareAthon. The timing couldn’t be any better. We have seen over the last few days that knowing how to stay safe from bad weather is nothing to take lightly. With weeks of severe weather season that lie ahead, we can use calm days like today to prepare for future natural disasters. We live in a part of the country that’s highly suscepitble to severe weather. “These recent tornadoes have put the idea of preparedness fresh in everyone’s minds. It’s gotten people to think, ‘Hey, what would I have done if I were in these towns?’ comments Mark Burchfield, Training and Exercise Specialist and Meteorologist with Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management. This week’s storm system stretched from the Midwest to the east coast. It spawned at least 41 tornadoes in over 10 states. It took the lives of 35 people. We can reduce this number in future events by preparing now…

 

Majority of Americans unprepared for natural disasters

Storms spawning tornadoes and causing flooding stretched from Oklahoma to North Carolina this week. The devastation left behind has families scrambling to pick up the pieces. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says 70 percent of Americans haven’t practiced for a disaster. Many don’t have a plan in place in case of a disaster. Last fall, the Halloween floods damaged Thomas Gonzales’ Onion Creek home. He says it’s been a slow recovery. “Lots of hassle, I mean, from the city, insurance and everyone in between,” said Thomas Gonzales, Austin resident. Gonzales says having records would help. He’s doing things differently now…

 

Justin Shaw, left, helps Nick Conway erect a flag pole at his home in Vilonia. AP Photo/Eric Gay

Justin Shaw, left, helps Nick Conway erect a flag pole at his home in Vilonia. AP Photo/Eric Gay

Resilience: Building Smarter, Not Stronger

For the first time in recorded history, more than 50% of humanity now lives in cities. By 2050, some 80% will live in cities. Urbanization is already having a profound impact on our lives, yet we have little understanding of the unintended consequences. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York, then Mayor Michael Bloomberg called extreme weather the “new norm.” Since then, 500-year floods have hit many parts of the world, taking communities completely by surprise as their existing infrastructure failed…

 

Estimating Costs Of Natural Disasters – Toward An Accurated Approach

Costs of natural hazards are at historically high levels, and show an increasing trend, which is expected, because wages and inflation go up every year, but estimates are almost meaningless. When estimated damage gets high-profile media claims, like in New York City after tropical storm Sandy, the costs unsurprisingly match those and even allow for a generous overrun…

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