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Only Half of Employees Feel Their Companies are Prepared for a Severe Emergency, Staples Survey Finds

source: http://www.emergency-response-planning.com/news/bid/53793/INFOGRAPHIC-How-Prepared-for-Disaster-Is-Your-Workplace
source: http://www.emergency-response-planning.com/news/bid/53793/INFOGRAPHIC-How-Prepared-for-Disaster-Is-Your-Workplace

Only half of employees believe their workplaces are prepared for a severe emergency, according to the third annual workplace safety survey by Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS). Nearly two-thirds of those polled said recent natural disasters have not led to their employers reassessing company safety plans. The survey, in honour of National Safety Month, also reveals that in the past six months nearly half of businesses have closed due to severe weather, costing the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity(1) . Staples’ third annual workplace safety survey found that only half of employees believe their workplaces are prepared for a severe emergency and in the past six months nearly half of businesses have closed due to severe weather…

 

Complexities of disasters call for collaborative response

Resilience is a multifaceted beast, but it should not deter people from trying to engage with its complexity. Small, simple steps can make a huge difference. In a range of examples based on evidence collected from a variety of initiatives, I can see that it is the precisely the small steps that lead to concrete results, which in turn make people feel more confident about their ability to again face the next season of disasters…

 

Budget funding for Qld councils to ‘build resilience’

The 2014-15 Queensland Budget has allocated more than $1 billion to local government to help councils repair and improve public infrastructure. Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister, David Crisafulli, said the state had been ravaged by natural disasters in the past few years and the government was determined to help communities recover and be better prepared in the future. “We are working with councils to ensure they deliver projects that show value-for-money and make sense.” Mr Crisafulli said the Budget provided nearly $155 million for grants and subsidies to councils, including more than $51 million for disaster mitigation and resilience projects…

 

Natural disasters kill 15, displace 6,800

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SRI LANKA- The death toll due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions affecting many parts of the country has shot up to 15 while two others are reported missing, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that out of seven victims who had died due to the collapse of an embankment, in Matugama, three were children. The SSP said that two residents of Bulathsinhala had also died under similar circumstances and one was missing. In another tragic incident in the early hours of yesterday in the Talangama North police area, a couple living on Dharmashoka road were buried alive when a granite wall collapsed on their house…

 

Disaster resilience apps

It is all for charity but participants at the first Philippine TechCamp Hackathon did not mind the stress and lack of sleep as they worked tirelessly for a night and a day to produce digital solutions to address challenges presented by the country’s vulnerability to disasters. The event held at Globe Valero Makati was a collaborative effort by the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development (USaid), Globe Labs, Google Developers Group (GDG) Philippines and Open Data PH. At the TechCamp Hackathon, sixteen groups composed of up to four developers each competed against one another to come up with digital applications based on at least one of five problem sets identified during the 1st Philippine TechCamp Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience building sessions last May 5 and 6…