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Earthquake-Proof Table

Photo: Arthur Brutter/Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Photo: Arthur Brutter/Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

When an earthquake strikes, they say that you should duck and cover underneath a desk. But what makes you think that desk would save you? If it’s not sturdy enough, it’ll just be another thing that’ll fall on your head. After seeing the devastation of a local school in Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake in 2010, industrial designer Arthur Brutter got the idea to create the world’s first earthquake-proof desk – one that is light enough to move around, cheap enough for schools to afford, large enough to fit two students and, of course, strong enough to withstand falling debris…


How to rebuild communities after a disaster

‘Strengthening local resilience requires engaging the community to better understand the experience of disaster impact and adaptation, as well as providing interventions tailored to the specific local context’. Poverty and natural disasters are intertwined. Both, however, can be addressed together through the community-driven development (CDD) approach to disaster preparedness, as we have learned in the Philippines…


Unemployed People to Join Disaster Alleviation Program Near Kardzhali

Close to 164 new employability opportunities will now open in Bulgaria’s Kardzhali. The initiative is supported through the Employability Support project. People hired will be responsible for cleaning up the broken tree branches and other remnants left following floods and snowfalls during the past winter. Those employed will participate in the program for four months in the region of Kardzhali. The program has been financed through the EU-sponsored Human Resource Development project. The municipality of Ardino has been the most severely damaged during the natural disasters. Close to 100, 000 volumes of timber need to be cleared of the region…


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