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National Disaster Resilience Competition

President Barack Obama is taking disaster resilience seriously.
President Barack Obama is taking disaster resilience seriously.

Today, President Obama will announce the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters…

 

Prepare your family for disaster in less than a day

Every year as death tolls from natural disasters rise, I find myself wondering what the three of us would do if mayhem struck. Would we be ready? Honestly, probably not (is anyone ever truly ready?), but it seems that with the addition of The Bug, I need to know we’re as prepared as possible. This year, it looks like the federal government agrees, because it’s encouraging families to “Resolve to be ready in 2014.” Just browsing through the site can be overwhelming, so here’s a few quick and easy things you can do in less than a day…

 

From resilience emerges Filipino-designed app

Drawing inspiration from Filipino resilience during calamities, a team of information technology (IT) experts here has developed a mobile application that was cited in an international competition for innovations to address global disaster resilience challenges. But more than aiming for the grand prize in World Bank’s “Code For Resilience Online Innovation Challenge,” the four-member team behind the mobile application, called “iLigtas,” hoped that the innovative tool would save lives and property during a disaster…

 

Defining Disaster Resilience Approach Paper

In 2010 natural disasters affected more than 200 million, killed nearly 270,000 people and caused $110 billion in damages. In 2011, we faced the first famine of the 21st Century in parts of the Horn of Africa and multiple earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters across the world. The World Bank predicts that the frequency and intensity of disasters will continue to increase over the coming decades. The June 2011 UK Government Response to the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review presented disaster resilience as ‘a new and vital component [of our] humanitarian and development work.’1 Building on this, the UK Government’s Humanitarian Policy, Saving lives, preventing suffering and building resilience, puts resilience at the centre of our approach to addressing disasters, both natural and man-made…

 

Laos Gets World Bank Grant For Disaster Risk Management

The Government of the Laos, formally known as the People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), has received a technical assistance grant of $900,000 from the World Bank/Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the Building Resilience to Natural Hazards Project, it was announced Wednesday. “This project seeks to enhance the disaster risk management capacity of Lao PDR by strengthening the legal framework for hydro-meteorological services, enhancing post-disaster recovery planning, and providing technical assistance to strengthen Lao PDR’s fiscal resilience to natural hazards,” the World Bank said in a statement…