Resilience NEWS

Disaster resilience workshop for community leaders

LEAD THE WAY: A workshop is being held in Kingaroy to foster community leaders to react in times of disaster.
LEAD THE WAY: A workshop is being held in Kingaroy to foster community leaders to react in times of disaster.

 

It’s not too late to register for a free Disaster Resilience Leadership course being held this Friday and Saturday. The fully catered for course is being delivered by Volunteering Queensland, in partnership with South Burnett Regional Council and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Councillor Keith Campbell said Council is excited about partnering with Volunteering Queensland to deliver this course to equip people with the skills to become better leaders when facing a disaster situation. The two day course focuses on the role community leader’s play in building community resilience and covers a wide range of topics, including adaptive leadership and disaster management from a community perspective…

 

Smartphone App Prepares Virginians For The Worst

readyvirginiaVirginia’s Department of Emergency Services mobile application is so unique, even President Obama loves it, calling the app innovative at his Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting. Natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes can be extremely disorienting, but for Virginians all they have to do for information is head to their smart phones and download the Ready Virginia mobile application. “It’s available on your iPhone or Android device,” said Brian Moran, the Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. “It’s primarily for hurricane preparedness, but it can be used for other [natural disasters].”..

 

Making smartphones work for us during disasters

Can smartphones be used to detect and direct aid to at-risk individuals during a natural disaster? Not yet. But if Geoffrey Challen and his colleagues at the University of Buffalo succeed in getting adoption of their Android-based smartphone disaster mode – being demonstrated this week at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies’ SmartAmerica Challenge – smartphones will become a much greater part of disaster-response efforts. According to Challen, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, smartphones could also be used by those in a disaster zone to locate resources and help residents navigate to safety. To achieve such functionality, Challen’s team is working in two primary areas…

 

Ninety-two percent of Americans have survived a natural disaster, but many admit they may not be prepared for the next big one

The Federal Emergency Management Administration made 95 major disaster and fire declarations last year. In 2012, FEMA declared 112 major disasters and fires , including Sandy, Hurricane Isaac and the High Park and Waldo Canyon wildfires. This is nearly double the number of disaster declarations made only two decades ago. Despite the frequency of severe weather, a new survey released by Allstate shows people may not be as prepared as they should be for the next big storm. Ninety-two percent of Americans surveyed have lived through a disaster. Seven percent of the people polled say they or someone in their family was injured when a disaster impacted their community. The survey findings also revealed…

 

NYC Office of Emergency tests temporary housing prototype for possible use during natural disasters

SANDY-master675

The New York City Office of Emergency Management has unveiled a temporary housing prototype that could give displaced families somewhere to stay in the event of a natural disaster. The housing is similar to the FEMA trailers used after natural disasters. These units however, are built for an urban environment and can go as high as four stories, with apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms. The prototype still needs to be tested out, and members of the OEM plan to take turns spending a few nights in the apartments. Officials say the prototype was trucked to a site across from OEM headquarters and installed in just two days…