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OECD: Countries must improve resilience to disasters or face mounting costs

OECD countriesBoosting Resilience through Innovative Risk Governance estimates that earthquakes, social unrest, industrial accidents, terror attacks, pandemics and other disruptive events cost advanced and emerging nations around USD 1.5 trillion in damages and economic losses over the last decade, more than double what they cost over the previous 10 years…

 

Toronto...the most resilient city

Toronto…the most resilient city

Resilience as a driver of change

As defined by the Resilient Design Institute, “Resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption of some sort.” Designing houses and apartment buildings to achieve resilience will keep people safer in the event of a disaster of some sort — whether a hurricane that might be more intense because of a warmer ocean, an earthquake that has nothing to do with climate change, or a power outage caused by terrorists hacking into our power grid controls…

 

LB refugees at historical society conference share stories of resilience

The Long Beach City College (LBCC) Community Studies Project, partnering with the Historical Society of Long Beach, explored what they consider to be the under-researched history of the city during the third Long Beach Community Studies Conference on April 26 at LBCC. Thirteen lectures highlighted aspects of the city’s past and present, with topics ranging from the history of the LGBTQ community in Long Beach to several refugees’ dramatic journey to freedom. LBCC professor of history Mary Marki was the moderator for the panel “Refugees in the Neighborhood.” She said her goal was to capture and share the local oral histories from within the community of human struggle and resilience…

 

Risk and Disaster Management – The importance of making cities resilient

Faced with threats of natural or human-made disasters, resilient cities have the capacity to resist, adapt and effectively recover from these effects. Urban resilience is closely linked to “dynamic notions of urban development and growth”. An interdisciplinary approach to risk and disaster management, which involves different levels of State and civil society organisations, particularly those committed to this issue and those working on sustainable development and climate change, is required for a city to become resilient. As risk management expert, Joaquín Toro, explains, this approach allows communities to know the losses to which they are exposed and to use that knowledge to plan adequately, to take measures that contribute to risk reduction and to be able to respond effectively if the risks turn into disasters….

 

Drift restaurant owner who lost business in 2011 flood now helping others overcome PTSD

driftDavid Moore, the former owner of the Drift floating restaurant in Brisbane – which was destroyed in the 2011 flood – has fought back from post-traumatic stress and is now helping other stress victims get their lives back together. The 45-year-old former chef is one of the faces that became synonymous with the destruction felt by hundreds of locals in 2011. A large section of his floating restaurant was ripped from its moorings in the Brisbane River and smashed against the Go Between Bridge…

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