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Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

The Issaquah Citizen Corps is preparing to get citizens ready for emergencies in the community. The nine-class spring Citizen Emergency Response Training series begins March 18 and culminates in a disaster simulation drill on May 2. The goal of the class series is to make residents aware of the dangers around them and teach them to be ready to respond and survive using skills such as first aid, supply building and search and rescue…


United States Collaborates for Resilience in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Asia-Pacific region is the world’s most natural disaster-prone area, with disaster-induced deaths in the region increasing more than three-fold in the past decade, according to the 2014 annual report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Recognizing the need for Disaster Risk Reduction, minimizing the tragic losses, and limiting economic, developmental, and political disruptions, the Obama Administration’s 2015 National Security Strategy seeks to deepen alliances—and to forge new partnerships—in the region to strengthen capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters so that the Asia-Pacific remains a region of dynamic growth and opportunity…


Legarda calls for increased protection of women

In observance of the International Women’s Day on March 8, Senator Loren Legarda reiterated Saturday her call for increased protection of women, as well as children, the elderly and persons with disabilities, around the world in emergency situations such as disasters caused by natural hazards. Legarda, United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, noted that disasters affect about 200 million people all over the world yearly, half of them women or girls whose special needs and concerns are not properly addressed, putting them at greater risk during disasters…


Japan set to share lessons of 2011 disasters at U.N. forum in Sendai

Photos taken by Sendai residents before and after the March 2011 tsunami struck are displayed at Sendai Mediatheque on Tuesday. | KYODO

Photos taken by Sendai residents before and after the March 2011 tsunami struck are displayed at Sendai Mediatheque on Tuesday. | KYODO

Japan is set to share the lessons it has learned from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami when delegates and activists from across the globe gather in Sendai next weekend for a U.N. disaster risk reduction conference. More than 5,000 participants, including leaders and ministers from national governments, are expected to attend the conference on disaster management from March 14 to 18…




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