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Infographic: Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction

Infographic: Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit. The warning comes nearly a month after another volcano, Mt Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years. Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has been shaken by small tremors and other signs of rising volcanic activity recently, including a tremor lasting as long as seven minutes, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s volcano division said…

 

Internal Logistics and Form of Government are Key to Resilient Cities Grant Jumpstart

Officials in Portland, Ore., are waiting to hear if the city has been selected to receive a grant as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.  Shutterstock

Officials in Portland, Ore., are waiting to hear if the city has been selected to receive a grant as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. Shutterstock

Alameda in California’s Bay Area was originally chosen as one of the inaugural cities in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. But an inability to see eye-to-eye with the foundation eventually led to the $1 million grant being pulled.   The program will provide 100 cities worldwide the resources for a chief resilience officer and technical support for two years. The foundation received 400 applications from cities and initially chose 33 for the first go-round…

 

Infographic: Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction

This week is the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). The day is celebrated on 13 October every year and this year’s theme is “Resilience for life”. The focus of this year is on older people as their needs are often ignored, despite being some of the most vulnerable people in disasters. IDDR encourages all citizens and governments, to participate in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. In connection with the day, Aid & International Development Forum recognizes the importance of disaster reduction and has released an infographic on “Building Resilience for Disaster Reduction”…

 

Disaster Risk and Recovery Projects Fail if we Ignore How People Really Relate to Risk, Warns New Red Cross Red Crescent Report

GENEVA, — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued the following news release: This year, the World Disasters Report takes on a challenging theme as it questions why culture is not a central consideration in disaster risk reduction efforts, and how disasters and risk influence culture. Disaster risk and recovery projects are less effective if they do not take into account how culture affects the way people relate to risk, says the 2014 World Disasters Report, released today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)…

 

Cyber resilience is a national problem

Jan Kallberg is a researcher at the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, University of Texas at Dallas. (File)

Jan Kallberg is a researcher at the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, University of Texas at Dallas. (File)

The biggest challenge for American cyber resilience right now is to disseminate knowledge within the nation. The federal sector, the financial institutions, and the defense complex are on top of the game to a high degree. The asymmetric way cyber conflicts are and will be fought exposes the whole government structure of a country. The sheer numbers entities that form local government are staggering – just as examples I mention that in the US there are 6,000 counties, 15,000 police departments, and 50,000 public utilities…

 

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