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 Invention Of The Week? Illumiloon Helps Disaster Victims

IllumiloonA team of students at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation & Design have invented a unique aerostat communication system that will greatly aid first responders to bring quicker aid to disaster victims. Illumiloon is a calling device that is perfect when communication systems are down following a natural disaster. The device is easy to use: all a victim has to do is inflate Illumiloon and then place LED colored bands on it that identify their needs (emergency medical attention, water, and food)…


Senate okays bill seeking youth empowerment in disaster risk reduction efforts

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate passed on third and final reading on Monday a bill amending the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act, aimed at increasing the youth participation in the disaster risk reduction efforts. Voting 14-0, the senators approved Senate Bill No. 2789 entitled Responsive, Empowered and Service-Centric Youth or RESCYouth Act of 2015. ”The youth is playing a vital role in our pursuit for overall disaster resilience. They have served as a beacon of hope and catalyst of action,” Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, sponsor of the bill, said. According to Aquino, the RESCYouth Act will include the National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman as one of the members in the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC). Youth representatives will also be involved in the regional, provincial, city, municipal, and barangay disaster coordinating councils…


New tools to increase resilience of Pacific Island countries to natural disasters

Suva, Fiji – A major regional geospatial information system and other innovative risk assessment tools are being developed to assist Pacific Island countries to undertake evidence-based decision making in development planning and finance. A four-day workshop, running from 9 to 12 June 2015, opened in Suva today with representatives from Pacific region governments and development partners attending, focusing on the disaster risk modelling and assessment tools. The tools, including a rapid impact estimation tool and the Pacific Risk Information System (PacRIS), are being developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), World Bank and the Asian Development Bank with the financial support of the Government of Japan and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)…


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