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 The network of New York’s stormproofers, as I understand them now – this graphic will change over time. For a larger version, click here. Illustration: Alistair Dixon/Guardian

The network of New York’s stormproofers, as I understand them now – this graphic will change over time. For a larger version, click here. Illustration: Alistair Dixon/Guardian

REPORT: Natural disaster management in Australia: Multi-sectorial Approach

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Is New York City ready for future natural disasters? Join our investigation

Exactly two years ago, swaths of New York were in darkness – recovering from a natural disaster for which the city was indisputably unprepared. In the week following hurricane Sandy’s October visit in 2012, lower Manhattanites sat in blacked-out apartments with no running water. The city’s largest hospitals sat useless, their patients relocated. Engineers were pumping water out of subway and road tunnels throughout the city, though its salt had already destroyed power systems and begun corroding infrastructure. Gas station lines were long and unmoving. Families mourned 44 deaths, and millions of residents looked helplessly at $50bn-plus in damage the storm had caused – including thousands of homes and cars destroyed from floods, winds and subsequent fires…


#RememberHaiyan: Developing grassroots resilience and preparedness

Remembering the destruction by Haiyan...

Remembering the destruction by Haiyan…

I WAS recently asked to give an input regarding developing resilience and disaster preparedness for a group of community leaders coming from Yolanda stricken areas of Samar, Leyte and Cebu. I tried to update a presentation I made last year as the disaster struck the area. There I listed several points on how our communities can build disaster resilience from the bottom up as well as having ‘kaandaman” or preparedness in light of the many hazards that our country faces…


Can these satellite images save lives? The U.N. thinks so

As new crises erupt around the world and old conflicts smolder, the images that emerge are usually taken by photographers on the ground. But there is another perspective: the view from space. Satellite images can be an accurate and fast way to analyze situations in countries where international aid workers or observers are unable to operate. They can also show dramatic change — such as in places like the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, whose incredible growth over the past two years is shown in the animated photo series above…


Bulgaria govt allocates BGN 20 mln for natural disasters

Sofia bulgariaBulgarian interim cabinet approved additional expenses and transfers of BGN 19,910,247 for realisation of projects and activities for overcoming, mastering and avoiding the consequences of natural disasters, the press office of the Bulgarian Government announced. The Bulgarian municipalities will receive BGN 19,015,938, while the rest of the sum will go for the ministries of interior health, economy and energy, defence, education and science, and others…



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