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Council fights Commission’s responsibility shift

GYMPIE Regional Council will deliver a submission to the Productivity Commission emphasising the significant and unsustainable financial and social impacts that would result from the proposed cost shifting of natural disaster responsibility, as outlined in the commission’s draft report. The council submission will address its main concerns with the draft report, including the proposal of a major cut in recovery funding through Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements…

 

International disaster day: Nepal ‘not ready’ to take care of elderly

On the eve of the International Disaster Day focused on the elderly this year, disaster experts said the country is not well prepared to take care of senior citizens in times of crises. According to the 2011 census, around eight percent of the country’s population is 60 years and above. This age group is particularly vulnerable to disasters because of the host of physical and mental problems that come with ageing. The elderly are also financially weak to bounce back easily afterwards…

 

Philippines holds growth potential despite natural disasters, says World Bank

The Philippines is positioned to stay on the path of high growth despite the impact of natural disasters and a weak but recovering global environment, the World Bank (WB) said Monday. “Strong macroeconomic fundamentals, along with sound fiscal and monetary policies, would continue to support growth in the near term, while further structural reforms would allow the country to sustain growth at above 6 percent in the medium term,” the Washington-based multilateral lender said in the latest edition of “East Asia Pacific Economic Update.”…

 

Is Data the Best Preparation Against Natural Disasters?

A photo of New Orleans, La., on Sept. 14, 2005, two weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city. Direct damage to the city was estimated at $80 billion and the city's loss continues at an estimated $15 billion in GDP per year. FEMA/Bob McMillan

A photo of New Orleans, La., on Sept. 14, 2005, two weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city. Direct damage to the city was estimated at $80 billion and the city’s loss continues at an estimated $15 billion in GDP per year. FEMA/Bob McMillan

Data can be a fundamental tool in disaster preparedness, but the insights aren’t always heeded. This was the observation of three emergency management experts from academia, government and the private sector in an exchange last week on natural disaster data. The trio, who spoke about data use for city resilience at the Atlantic CityLab Summit in Los Angeles, Sept. 29, said that an analysis of data shows an overwhelming need for infrastructure improvements, but states and cities typically take short-term savings over long-term protections against catastrophe…

 

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