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Facebook unveils ‘Safety check’ to connect with family during natural disasters

In today’s connected world, when a natural disaster occurs, one of the first things that often happens is a breakdown in communication. When we are desperately trying to ascertain the location of loved ones, any service that helps us in our quest can only be of benefit. Google’s Map service includes disaster relief efforts and hotspots when problems occur — such as the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami — and Facebook has now entered the fray with “Safety Check,” a tool that is activated in times of crisis. Facebook announced the new service in a blog post Wednesday. Safety Check is available for users worldwide, and is compatible with multiple platforms and devices…


Resilient Cities Program

 Strengthening Urban Resilience. Tran Viet Duc / World Bank

Strengthening Urban Resilience.
Tran Viet Duc / World Bank

With a greater concentration of people and assets in urban areas, cities need to address an increasingly complex range of shocks and stresses to safeguard development gains and accelerate poverty reduction. Managing disaster risk and the impacts of climate change have long been an important focus of urban resilience. But recent examples show how economic crises, health epidemics and uncontrolled urbanization can also affect the ability of a city to sustain growth and provide services for its citizens – underscoring the need for a new approach to resilient urban development…


Resilience STAR: Seeking Consumer Demand for Disaster-Resilient Homes

Older homes not built to modern building codes suffered the most damage and destruction during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Older homes not built to modern building codes suffered the most damage and destruction during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a residential construction incentive program along the Gulf Coast to provide a government-backed label for “resilient” homes and buildings. The DHS Resilience STAR Home Pilot Project is designed to serve as a market differentiator for builders and is now accepting applications through Jan. 17, 2015. A partnership with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the building science research arm of the property insurance industry, Resilience STAR takes a return-on-investment approach by making the business case for above-code building practices…


EPA Introduces Resiliency Initiatives

epaThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released three new resiliency initiatives. Targeted to small and medium utilities, “Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities” outlines a simple, four-step assessment process to help any water utility know their flooding threat and identify practical mitigation options to protect their critical assets. With a user-friendly layout, the guide provides worksheets, instructional videos, and flood maps to help utilities through the process. Drinking water and wastewater utilities are particularly vulnerable to flooding, which can damage pumps, disconnect chemical tanks, break distribution lines, and disrupt power supply…


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