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Water bombing helicopters battle the bushfire burning near Bestmann Rd, Ningi, on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News

Water bombing helicopters battle the bushfire burning near Bestmann Rd, Ningi, on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News

Two years, $68 billion since Hurricane Sandy

after sandyIt has been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy first made landfall on October 29, 2012 in New Jersey. The aftermath left over an estimated $68 billion in damage resulting in the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, just behind Hurricane Katrina. The storm left at least 286 people dead. Hurricane Sandy impacted a total of twenty-four U.S. states, Canada, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti…


Second bushfire in a week at Ningi

FIRE crews have worked into the night to contain a bushfire near Caboolture for the second time in a week. A fire broke out in inaccessible bushland near Bestmann Rd at Ningi shortly after 3pm yesterday and quickly spread. By late afternoon, about 10 crews were on the scene while two water-bombing helicopters and a fire spotter doused the 30ha blaze from above. Bribie Island Fire Station Captain Josh Clare said the fire was burning in the Southern Pacific Sands mine complex, south-west of Boxgum Ct, Ningi. That’s about 10 minutes east of Bribie Island…


Revised HFA stresses political leadership

The Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction was published and circulated widely today. It is an early draft of the final document which will be adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, next March. The document prepared by the co-Chairs of the Conference’s Preparatory Committee, Ambassador Päivi Kairamo, Finland, and Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand, seeks a substantial reduction of disaster losses, in lives, and in the social, economic and environmental assets of persons, communities and countries…


Floods in Italy: EU must increase regions’ resilience & set ambitious climate change goals

The President of the Committee of the Regions has expressed his condolences to all those devastated by the recent flooding in Italy and called on the EU to step-up its efforts to support local and regional authorities in preparing against future natural disasters. President Michel Lebrun, speaking in Bologna during an event organised by the Committee and the Regions and the Italian Region of Emilia-Romagna, also reiterated the Committee’s recent demand for the EU to take the lead in tackling climate change by setting ambitious targets ahead of the UN talks in Paris next year…


Duracell Builds Fleet Of Trucks To Aid In Natural Disasters

With the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaching and inevitable winter storms across the nation Duracell has added to its fleet of first response vehicles. Based out of hubs in St. Louis, MO, Manchester, NH and New Orleans, LA and San Francisco, CA the trucks vary in style and purpose to best suit the needs of the region from floods to tornados to winter storms. It’s no surprise that trucks come equipped with power for charging devices, but also access to computers and internet as well as, in some cases, an entire community center in tow…

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