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Sofia City Hall Builds Earthquake Simulator for Training

sofiaSofia City Hall has started the construction of an earthquake simulator, where the residents can learn how to react in an earthquake. The training ground is in the Pancharevo district of Sofia and will include several buildings, which will simulate earthquake. The first round of construction has already started. The entire project is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2015. Besides earthquakes, the training ground will also offer options for trainings for fires, floods and other natural disasters and emergencies…

 

Designing for Disaster Helps Save Lives, Property

Natural disasters — tornados, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and forest fires — occur frequently, and often unexpectedly, across the United States, but there is technology that can help save property and lives. An exhibition at Washington’s National Building Museum showcases some of these technologies. For example, large buildings and other structures can withstand even strong earthquakes if they are built with some degree of flexibility…

 

For Floods in Jakarta, Prevention Is Tops

An Indonesian man wades through a flooded area in Jakarta on January 19, 2014. The indonesian capital and surrounding areas face threats of flooding annually. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

An Indonesian man wades through a flooded area in Jakarta on January 19, 2014. The indonesian capital and surrounding areas face threats of flooding annually. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

The image of the iconic Hotel Indonesia traffic circle inundated with floodwaters dominated television screens across the nation last year. In all, 47 people were killed during the destructive floods that swamped Jakarta in 2013. The Indonesian capital is routinely flooded each year during the wet season, displacing thousands of people and leaving entire wards underwater. The Zurich Insurance Group, a Swiss insurance group commonly known as Zurich, announced a global program for flood resilience in 2013. It has partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Britian-based development charity Practical Action, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, (IIASA), and the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center of the University of Pennsylvania, with initial funds totalling 33 million Swiss francs ($37 million)…

 

Commissioner Georgieva recognizes volunteers’ contribution to resilience building in Haiyan-affected areas

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The EU Aid Volunteers and the commissioner discussed the work on disaster resilience in the Philippines and Commissioner Georgieva talked about how impressed she was with the way people have coped following typhoon Haiyan. She stressed the role of national and local government as well as strong civil society organizations that have helped the affected communities move quickly from disaster relief to rehabilitation and recovery. She also emphasised the strength of local volunteerism and the role volunteering has played in ensuring a rapid process of rebuilding…

 

All U.S. tornadoes and tropical systems from 1950-2013 by month

 

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