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6 Ways to Prepare Your Business for ‘The Really Big One,’ or Any Disaster

getty_516313761_61296What are companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia, Starbucks and Nike to do if “the really big one” shakes the Pacific Northwest? An apocalyptically-worded story in the latest issue of the New Yorker detailed the devastation that might result from a high-magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone, a fault line that runs from Cape Mendocino, Calif., to Vancouver Island, Canada. “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5” — including big parts of Seattle, Portland and other major municipalities in Washington and Oregon — “will be toast,” Kenneth Murphy, a regional director for FEMA, told the New Yorker…


Two Dead, 350,000 Urged to Flee Their Homes as Typhoon Nangka Arrives in Japan

Torrential rain and powerful winds of up to 185 km/h (115 m.p.h.) prompted authorities in southern Japan’s island of Shikoku to order a mass evacuation as Typhoon Nangka made landfall late Thursday. The typhoon’s approach in the Pacific led Japanese authorities to warn at least 350,000 people to leave their homes. At least two people have died, according to the BBC, citing Kyodo news agency. Broadcaster NHK reported at least 31 have been injured…


EU unveils €80m fund for disaster risk reduction in Africa

An €80-million package of funds from the European Union to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa was unveiled on Tuesday at FfD3, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said on Wednesday. “This is a really excellent initiative. It’s quite unique, and I really hope that we will see many more like it,â€� said Margareta Wahlstrà¶m, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. “This is a strategic long-term investment in building resilience in Africa. It will help to reduce mortality and economic losses by improving preparedness, early warning systems and putting in place systems for understanding how disaster losses are generated in order to avoid them in the future,†Wahlstrà¶m added…



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