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Kinglake West following the catastrophic Black Saturday fires. Photo: Craig Abraham

Kinglake West following the catastrophic Black Saturday fires. Photo: Craig Abraham

Collaboration key to building resilient communities to withstand disasters

danger keep outEarthquake preparedness demands taking steps now to build resilient communities that can better withstand and recover from the impacts of natural disasters and other emergencies, Steven Blaney, Canada’s minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, emphasized during a speech in Vancouver yesterday. Speaking at an earthquake symposium hosted by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), Blaney called on all levels of government, industry, academics and the public to work together on earthquake preparedness strategies…


CFA faces damages claim from ‘totally incapacitated’ Black Saturday firefighter

The Country Fire Authority is facing a landmark lawsuit over operational failures at the height of the Black Saturday bushfires, with a severely traumatised firefighter launching a civil claim for damages. Former firefighter Glenn Barlow has been battling post-traumatic stress, leaving him “totally incapacitated”, after his crew was sent into a bushfire deathtrap in Kinglake West with no forewarning from CFA controllers about the fast-approaching firestorm…


‘Liveable Cities’ contest imagines the disaster-ready metropolis of the future

Recent studies have shown that Philippine sea levels are rising at a rate of 1 cm per year, with the country set to bear the brunt of climate change impacts, including stronger typhoons in the near future. For these reasons, it has become of paramount importance for the Philippines and its neighbours to consider cities’ long-term disaster resilience. This was the focus of the Liveable Cities Design Challenge, the winners of which were announced at a conference on October 15 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City…


How to Protect Pets from Natural Disasters

wolvesROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)– Natural disasters are a real threat here in the Valley. This is why members of the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Community Animal Response Team have held many ‘disaster drills’ to practice protecting your pet. “People think we’re safe, they think that there’s no hurricanes, there’s not going to be any real situations, but the risk as you mentioned is very definitely real,” said Rhonda Leavenworth…


Animals have built-in seismic early-warning mechanism: Scientists

Unusual animal behaviors (UABs) have been observed before large natural disasters including earthquakes, but these animals’ “early warning” mechanisms have not been scientifically identified. A recent study in Japan investigated the behaviors of cats and dogs, and changes in dairy milk production, before the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck the island nation on 11 March 2011…

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