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Gillooly named chief ‘resilience officer’

Another city gets its own Chief Resilience Officer...thus making it clear about its own future aspirations

Another city gets its own Chief Resilience Officer…thus making it clear about its own future aspirations

The head of the mayoral taskforce on flooding, Mike Gillooly, has been appointed as Christchurch’s first chief resilience officer. As chief resilience officer, Gillooly will work with Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel to oversee the development and implementation of a resilience plan for the city. His appointment is an essential element of Christchurch’s participation in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a position for which Christchurch applied and was selected from nearly 400 cities worldwide. The network is supported by 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation, and is part of a $100 million effort to build urban resilience in cities around the world…

 

Germany storms: Six dead in North Rhine-Westphalia

Police said two men and a woman were killed when a garden shed was destroyed by a tree

Police said two men and a woman were killed when a garden shed was destroyed by a tree

Six people have been killed in violent storms which battered cities in western Germany overnight. In the worst incident, three died when a tree fell on a garden shed in Duesseldorf where they had sought shelter, emergency services said. Cyclists were also killed by falling trees in Cologne and Krefeld and a sixth person died while clearing a street in Essen. The storms ended a heatwave that lasted throughout the Whitsun weekend holiday…

 

American Red Cross launches disaster preparedness smartphone apps for Spanish speakers

The American Red Cross is launching a series of Spanish-language smartphone apps that officials say will help keep families safe when natural disasters are on the way…

 

Sheryl Crow raises her voice for disaster relief show

Ms Crow to the rescue...

Ms Crow to the rescue…

It’s been 10 years since a tsunami destroyed parts of 11 countries bordering the Indian Ocean, killing almost 280,000 people. Rebuilding efforts are ongoing and in need of funding. To that end, Sheryl Crow will add her star power to a disaster relief benefit in New York City on June 19 along with Black Eyes Peas’ apl.de.ap. Host Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who was critically injured during the tsunami, organized the gala to help the Happy Hearts Fund, a non-profit organization she created to help rebuild schools damaged by natural disasters…

Women raise concerns over high cost of living

THE rise in the cost of living in Fiji over the past decade has been hard for rural families in times of natural disasters. The rural convener for FemLink Pacific in the Northern Division, Adi Vasulevu Chute, said this information was gathered from women in rural households. “Actually, women now say that food prices have tripled over the past 10 to 15 years,” she said. “Since the cost of living has gone up, women find it hard to cope with costs after natural disasters. “For example, women say that it is extremely costly for families to move to higher ground during times of flooding.” She said women had raised concerns about buying additional items such as canned foodstuff when moving to higher ground during natural disasters…

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