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The 15 Costliest Hurricanes In History As Seen From Space: Number 15: Hurricane Floyd (Damage (billion USD): $6.9  Season: 1999  Category 4  Deaths: 56  Areas affected: The Bahamas Eastern United States Atlantic Canada)

The 15 Costliest Hurricanes In History As Seen From Space: Number 15: Hurricane Floyd (Damage (billion USD): $6.9
Season: 1999
Category 4
Deaths: 56
Areas affected: The Bahamas Eastern United States Atlantic Canada)

UN dubs Canberra world leader in disaster management

The head of the United Nation's Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlstrom

The head of the United Nation’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlstrom

Canberra is leading the world in disaster management, according to the head of the United Nation’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Office chief Margareta Wahlström has dubbed the nation’s capital a role model on the global stage for it’s preparation and response to bushfires. Ms Wahlström is in Australia to discuss disaster management ahead of the country’s involvement in the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March. She said Australia’s whole-of-nation approach to disaster management placed it among the world’s best – and the ACT was a key player…

 

The Most Important Job You Haven’t Heard Of (Yet)

"Every city has a different set of needs—but every city needs a Chief Resilience Officer. While 100 Resilient Cities is helping to hire the first 100, other cities don't have to wait."

“Every city has a different set of needs—but every city needs a Chief Resilience Officer. While 100 Resilient Cities is helping to hire the first 100, other cities don’t have to wait.”

Last week I stood beside my good friend Mayor Mitch Landrieu as he announced New Orleans’ first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), the impressive Jeff Hebert, who has led the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority for many years. In this new role, Jeff will coordinate and integrate the city’s resilience strategy to address such challenges as sea-level rise, extreme weather, crime, and public health threats. New Orleans is a case study of the need for building resilience—a reminder of what can happen to any city or any business that hasn’t fully planned or prepared for a range of shocks and stresses that are coming faster and staying longer in the 21st century. Nine years after Katrina, crisis is now the new normal. Because of the triple threat of urbanization, globalization and climate change, a week doesn’t go by in which we don’t see some kind of disturbance to the normal flow of things—a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil conflict, an economic blow, a natural system threatened. And once one emergency subsides, it seems as though another one pops up elsewhere, stretching resources thin…

 

Myanmar Government Slaps Defamation Charges on Local Weekly

The Myanmar government has pressed defamation charges against 11 staff of the Myanmar Herald after the paper carried an interview with a political scientist criticizing President Thein Sein, an editor of the journal said Friday. Editor-in-charge Aung Tun Lin told RFA’s Myanmar Service that the Herald employees had been charged under the new Media Law for allegedly tarnishing the reputation of Thein Sein. According to the information ministry, the Myanmar Herald Journal ran an interview in which political scientist Myo Yan Naung Thein described the president’s words as “gibberish, irrational, cheap and inconsistent … completely nonsensical, absurd and insane.” “We have been summoned to court on Nov. 14 for violating Media Law section 25(b),” he said, adding that the hearing would take place in the capital Naypyidaw’s Pokebathiri township…

 

San Francisco Pilots Disaster Preparation Dashboard

appallicious-dashboardThe 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake killed 63 people, injured 3,800 more and damaged 28,000 homes and businesses, including much of San Francisco’s Marina district. San Francisco continues to face the threat of earthquakes — and other natural disasters as well, thanks to climate change. These catastrophes can’t be averted, but Cyndy Comerford believes good preparation is possible…

 

Maryland Focuses on Energy Resilience to Prepare for Future Storms

In June 2012, the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest derecho, a severe and fast-moving thunderstorm, moved through Maryland and left more than 1 million households without power in hot, humid conditions for up to a week in some places.   Although some changes were quickly made in response, Hurricane Sandy came quick on the derecho’s heels and knocked out power again. These two events triggered Maryland to focus on its energy resilience, prompting new programs, including backup generator initiatives and requirements, and a move toward microgrids to make the state more resilient…

 

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