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Children peer from a window inside a school turned into a temporary evacuation centre in Daanbantayan, Cebu province in central Philippines.

Children peer from a window inside a school turned into a temporary evacuation centre in Daanbantayan, Cebu province in central Philippines.

Typhoon Hagupit: aid effort praised as one million flee to safety in Philippines

Aid officials in the Philippines praised efforts to keep safe up to one million people who fled the path of typhoon Hagupit, including a woman who gave birth in an evacuation shelter. Blowing gusts of up to 130mph (210km/h), Hagupit, the most powerful storm to hit the Philippines in 2014, destroyed rooftops, trees and cut power across the Philippines’ central east coast as it swept over the same impoverished part of the country devastated by Haiyan last year…

 

Super Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby: Mobilizing Communities for Storm Relief

NOAAThe measures cannot stop the impact of a powerful storm, but they can decrease the number of people killed or injured, and the damage to communities. Just over a year after Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda devastated the eastern and central Philippines, the country is again forced to put into practice complex disaster preparedness measures…

 

A new breed of resilience: ‘In the 21st century, crisis may be the new normal’

Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Building a stronger, more stable city means getting some fundamental things right – a secure distribution of energy and water, access to healthcare, an efficient transport network. But the ongoing, visceral outrage of protestors throughout the United States at the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown has thrown cities’ needs for social, as well as physical, betterment into sharp relief. St Louis has been wracked by protests following the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown in August. The local NFL team has provoked the ire of the Missouri police union for taking part in the “hands up” protest gesture that has been adopted throughout the country…

 

Does Your Community Need Its Own Resilience Champion?

People should pay attention to today’s statement from the White House, announcing its first cohort of “Climate Action Champions,” 16 cities, counties, and tribal communities whose work to identify and reduce their climate vulnerabilities places them at the cutting edge of resilience thinking and implementation. The broad and diverse range of communities from across the country belies the notion that the U.S. is lagging on climate change action. Especially exciting was the inclusion of two cities—Boston and San Francisco—that have been consistent innovators and inspiring examples in the work of urban resilience. We at The Rockefeller Foundation have had the great pleasure of partnering with both communities, most recently through their membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network…

 

How to minimize losses during disasters? ‘Work with LGUs’

MANILA, Philippines – In the face of extreme weather events brought by climate change, how can Philippine businesses help build resilient communities and prevent or minimize economic losses? Work with communities and local government units (LGUs), said Oxfam’s Mindanao program coordinator Dante Dalabajan, and creating climate-smart livelihoods…

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