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Twin tornadoes hit Pilger, Nebraska – in pictures

A woman walks along Black Hills Trail in Pilger in the aftermath. Photograph: Mark 'Storm' Farnik/AP

A woman walks along Black Hills Trail in Pilger in the aftermath. Photograph: Mark ‘Storm’ Farnik/AP

The small town of Pilger in north-east Nebraska was ravaged by two tornadoes on Monday. Officials estimated that 50-75% of the town was heavily damaged or destroyed, and the local school was probably beyond repair. Pilger was evacuated for the night and Nebraska’s governor declared a state of emergency…

 

Those old dudes knew a thing or two!

All too often in disaster management leadership we see people appointed to formal crisis roles based on their position.   Little thought is given to the attitudes, skills and experience needed to be effective in times of crisis. While I understand that the low frequency of crisis is likely the cause of this approach: I cannot condone it. A crisis is potentially the biggest single risk to an organisations bottom line, and more importantly its reputation. The days of accepting the gifted amateur in a crisis are over. Customers, stakeholders and the broader community expect, and deserve, more…

 

New FM Global Resilience Index assesses countries for supply chain risk

The 2014 FM Global Resilience Index, released this week, finds that Norway, Switzerland and Canada top the list of nations most resilient to supply chain disruption, one of the leading causes of business volatility. The first-of-its-kind Index, commissioned by FM Global, is an online, data-driven tool and repository ranking the business resilience of 130 countries. More than a year in development, the Index is designed to help executives better assess and manage supply chain risk. The Index finds Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic as the nations that are least resilient to supply chain disruption…

 

USQ aims to build regional resilience

USQ Institute for Resilient Regions executive director Professor John Cole.

USQ Institute for Resilient Regions executive director Professor John Cole.

RAPID advancements in technology are moving regional communities to action, in order to adapt to an ever-evolving digital landscape. The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) will soon host experts in regional resilience, digital and agriculture research for a national conference on issues affecting rural and regional Australia. The 2014 Digital Rural Futures Conference, a Regional Universities Network (RUN) initiative, will be held at USQ Toowoomba on June 25 to 27. USQ Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR) executive director Professor John Cole said communities in regional areas must adapt to change in order to remain sustainable…

 

A Flood-Free Future: Battling the Deluge With Sustainable Building Designs

Although culturally distinct, Indonesia and Australia share a common challenge: constructing sustainable cities in a harsh tropical environment. Indonesia’s location on the Equator offers a year-long tropical climate, while Australia’s is slightly more varied. Austrade, the Australian trade commission, hosted the Tropical Green Building Mission 2014 on May 8-9 in Jakarta and Bandung. Australian firms involved in designing environmentally sustainable urban developments and water and waste management solutions were invited to exchange ideas with developers in Jakarta. Frequent floods paralyze Indonesian cities and cause significant damage every year. The floods have given a renewed impetus to efforts to make Indonesian cities more resilient against mother nature by adopting more environmentally efficient building standards…

 

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