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Flooded streets near the banks of the Lez River in the southern French city of Montpellier

Flooded streets near the banks of the Lez River in the southern French city of Montpellier

France declares flood-hit south natural disaster region

France has declared about 60 towns in the south of the country natural disaster areas following recent flooding in the region. “We will put in place natural disaster measures for about 60 towns,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed on Tuesday, adding that he would head to the flood-hit region later in the day. Torrential downpours inundated a wide region of the country including the Mediterranean city of Montpellier in the Languedoc-Roussillon region…


After the Napa Quake – San Francisco CRO Patrick Otellini on Regional Resilience Collaboration

At 3:30AM on August 24th, I woke up to heavy shaking. We had just experienced the largest earthquake to hit the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake was located 3.7 miles northwest of American Canyon near the West Napa Fault. After making sure my family was safe, I did a quick scan to see if our home had experienced any damage. My phone began to ring and I started getting updates right away from our city’s internal notification system. We were very lucky; the City of San Francisco experienced no damage because the epicenter was about 50 miles away, but our City staff did a fantastic job of quickly mobilizing and inspecting our own buildings and making sure that all city services were up and running. We soon got word that the cities of Napa and Vallejo had experienced significant damage…


Governments to buy ‘top up insurance’ for natural disasters

States and territory governments should be given the option of purchasing ‘top-up insurance’ under recommendations made by the Australian Government’s independent research body the Productivity Commission. The body, releasing its draft report into improving natural disaster funding arrangements, called for a complete overhaul of Australian Government funding of natural disasters, with financing for relief and recovery to be reduced, and mitigation funding to be increased…


Interim survey results: Is business continuity management morphing into organizational resilience?

Continuity Central is currently conducting a brief survey into whether there is a change in business terminology taking place: from business continuity management to organizational resilience. The survey is a follow up to an article in which Lyndon Bird, the technical director of the Business Continuity Institute, claims that such a development is under way. The results of the survey so far show that just over half of respondents (56.76 percent) agree that a terminology change from business continuity management to organizational resilience is taking place. 33.76 percent of respondents disagree and 9.46 percent don’t know…


Official calls resilience key factor in suicide prevention

Resilience — the ability to recover and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands — is a key factor in suicide prevention, the director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office said, Sept. 17. Jacqueline Garrick, speaking at the Defense Centers of Excellence Psychological Health and Resilience Summit in Falls Church, Va., said defining resilience incorporated a critical factor into examining her office’s efforts…



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