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A woman walks through flood water and past a stalled ambulance in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, NJ. Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

A woman walks through flood water and past a stalled ambulance in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, NJ. Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

Inclusive resilience: Women and girls – The [in]visible force of resilience, stronger than adversities

As part of its government actions on environmental sustainability and territorial safety, the Province of Potenza has recently joined the UNISDR “Making Cities Resilient” Campaign with the establishment of a Network, the “Province of Potenza – Municipalities” Network for Resilience, with the purpose of implementing actions aimed at disseminating the Resilience of communities, namely at improving the communities’ ability to withstand and respond effectively to the risks of natural disasters in terms of prevention…


Learning from disaster: Corruption and environmental catastrophe

‘The breakdown of accountability provides unscrupulous public officials with a golden opportunity to siphon off money and supplies from government funds and donations’. One year ago, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) struck the Philippines, claiming over 6,000 lives. In the aftermath, numerous reports emerged regarding the failure of the Philippine government to properly manage relief efforts and get foreign aid to victims…


4 Accused of Sandy Aid Fraud by New Jersey

State prosecutors in New Jersey have charged four people with filing fraudulent applications for federal Superstorm Sandy relief funds. They’re among 20 people accused since March of bilking the system. Authorities say 65-year-old Nabil Girgis received nearly $42,000 by claiming a storm-damaged house in Seaside House was his primary residence. But prosecutors say it actually was a two-unit rental property and Girgis lived in Toms River. Thirty-four-year-old Nicole Fiel received more than $28,000 for a home in Brick Township while prosecutors say she lived in Brooklyn, New York…


NDRRMC chief: A paradigm shift needed in dealing with disasters

Hazards, says National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Alexander Pama, only become disasters when people are not prepared. In a lecture on Nov. 5, Pama emphasized that a shift to a more proactive stance would be much more beneficial than simply reacting when it comes to disaster risk management. “A significant but non-institutional factor that contributes to our vulnerability to disasters is the evident mindset and culture of most Filipinos in dealing with disasters,” he added. “As the saying goes, and I quote, ‘Ang pinoy, ‘di gagalaw ‘yan hangga’t di napuputukan na.’” It is this mindset that poses one of the challenges that NDRRMC faces…


Education for building resilient communities

It took 10 days for Raul Basa, principal of Cabalawan Elementary School in Tacloban City, to get to his school after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” struck the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013. The huge amount of debris left by the record-breaking typhoon blocked all roads. When he reached his school, Raul’s heart sank at the sight of two totally collapsed classrooms and seven partially damaged ones of the total 14. Even the school gate and perimeter fence were blown away. After checking that none of his teachers had perished in the typhoon, Raul looked for ways to keep his school functioning…

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