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More Planning Needed for Vulnerable During Disasters – VCOSS

Unforgettable....

Unforgettable….

The revelation has come out of the report Disaster and disadvantage: Social vulnerability in emergency management. VCOSS CEO Emma King said disasters and emergencies such as bushfires, floods and heatwaves could affect all Australians, no matter what their background or status – but they don’t affect us all equally. “Experience and research tells us that disasters are in ‘profoundly discriminatory, both in where they strike, and in the way they affect people,” King said. “Yet we still do not adequately prepare and plan for the needs of vulnerable people before, during and after emergencies. “In the 2009 bushfires – one of Australia’s worst natural disasters, in which 173 people died – children, older people, people with physical or cognitive disabilities, and their carers made up nearly half the death toll…

 

Personal Resiliency Paramount for Future Disasters

A Mayo Clinic researcher says individuals need to build disaster readiness and resiliency in order to better recover from the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and other natural disasters. Those who prepare well for disasters are more likely to have a sense of spiritual and emotional well-being and be satisfied with their life. Those findings appear in the journal Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. Health scientist and geologist Monica Gowan, Ph.D., says how well people are prepared for adversity through the presence of meaning and purpose in their lives can play a positive role in how well they manage the uncertainties of disaster risk and recover from devastating experiences to regain health and quality of life…

 

Roma discriminated even after natural disasters

If you’re Roma, you can’t expect the same rights as other citizens even after a natural disaster. In Serbia, a group of gypsies, including 20 children, who were displaced after flooding in recent weeks, have been housed in shelters invaded by nutrias, without water, sewage pipes and bathrooms. This report comes from the Serbian Ombudsman and refers to the violation of basic human rights in a very urgent and vulnerable situation that requires equal treatment and indiscriminate protection for all citizens…

 

Venice’s mayor Giorgio Orsoni resigns during corruption scandal

veniceVenice’s mayor has resigned amid a corruption scandal a day after being released from house arrest under a plea deal. Mayor Giorgio Orsoni announced his resignation on Friday, indicating a lack of support from the Democratic party since his arrest last week in a wide-ranging corruption investigation related to construction of underwater barriers to protect the lagoon city from flooding. Orsoni has said he was unaware that any donations to his 2010 election campaign were illegal. He was released from house arrest on Thursday after accepting a four-month sentence in a plea agreement. Such short sentences are rarely served in Italy…

 

Survey: Only half of employees think their companies are prepared for emergencies

A new survey by office supply company Staples found that only half of employees believe their workplace is prepared for a severe emergency. And nearly two-thirds polled said recent natural disasters have not led to employers reassessing company safety plans. How would your employees assess your preparedness? Keep reading to learn why it matters…

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