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Winds gusting up to 110km/h have brought down trees in southern Tasmania. Photograph: Andrew Fisher/ABC News

Winds gusting up to 110km/h have brought down trees in southern Tasmania. Photograph: Andrew Fisher/ABC News

Property/casualty groups stress resilience to extreme weather: statement

A group of five major property/casualty insurance groups issued a joint statement emphasizing their commitment to risk mitigation and promoting resilience in the face of extreme weather. The statement reflects the group’ participation in the White House’s June roundtable meeting on climate resilience and insurance. Participants discussed how to mitigate increasing economic consequences of extreme weather and other climate-related risks. They also discussed potential collaborative efforts to better identify, communicate, and reduce the costs of weather-related events…

 

Innovation: The Flip Side of Resilience

Professor David Woods, The Ohio State University

Professor David Woods, The Ohio State University

Resilience was a hot topic at last week’s O’Reilly Velocity conference, and the topic was hottest during the keynote and subsequent interview by David Woods, Professor of Cognitive Systems Engineering and Human Systems Integration at The Ohio State University. As an expert in Resilience Engineering, Professor Woods has consulted on catastrophic failures and resilience for organizations ranging from NASA to emergency rooms. For Velocity’s performance engineering audience, his take on engineering adaptive systems to be resilient provided refreshing insight into the complex problems facing technologists today…

 

$150,000 Investment to Improve Natural Disaster Resilience for Deaf Community

Pictured L-R: Bruce McDonald, Director Infrastructure Services NSW Rural Fire Service; Peter Cinque, Sydney Western Region Controller NSW State Emergency Service; Alastair McEwin, President of the Deaf Society Board; Sharon Everson, CEO of The Deaf Society; Hon. Marise Payne, Senator for Western Sydney and Human Services; Geoff Lee MP, State Member for Parramatta

Pictured L-R: Bruce McDonald, Director Infrastructure Services NSW Rural Fire Service; Peter Cinque, Sydney Western Region Controller NSW State Emergency Service; Alastair McEwin, President of the Deaf Society Board; Sharon Everson, CEO of The Deaf Society; Hon. Marise Payne, Senator for Western Sydney and Human Services; Geoff Lee MP, State Member for Parramatta

The Deaf Society of NSW was today delighted to host the Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, and State Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee MP, for the announcement of a $151,678 investment under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program to help the Deaf Society of NSW in Parramatta better prepare the community for natural disasters. The joint investment by the Australian and NSW governments will fund the Sharing Responsibility for Natural Disasters by Enhancing the Emergency Preparedness of Deaf People – a joint initiative between the Deaf Society and its partners the State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW)…

 

Disaster researchers seek ideas to bolster local safety protocols

The Taiwan Typhoon and Flood Research Institute (台灣颱風洪水研究中心, TTFRI) is working with the Central Weather Bureau and Water Resources Agency to call for the submission of creative ideas from the public to prevent and lessen the damage wrought by natural disasters. Participants with a good idea might be rewarded with the highest cash prize of NT$30,000, according to a Central News Agency report. The TTFRI’s spokesperson said that Taiwan’s particular landscape creates frequent heavy rainfall, resulting in floods, landslides and other natural disasters. According to the spokesperson, the government’s past projects on natural disaster prevention all worked well, but people often passively follow the government’s plans instead of actively taking measures on their own, reports indicate…

 

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