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Calls for Federal Oversight of Red Cross Disaster Assistance…and more

Government Accountability Office Calls for Federal Oversight of Red Cross Disaster Assistance

The unorganized and mismanaged responses to significant natural disasters — including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti — have raised concerns that the American Red Cross could benefit from federal oversights of its disaster assistance services, according to a new audit report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization involved in disaster relief. It was founded in 1881 and received its first congressional charter in 1900. The most recent version of the charter, which was adopted in May 2007, reaffirms the organization’s mission to provide disaster relief and emergency services by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors…


Fremantle must prepare for natural disasters

Oceanographers from the University of Western Australia have discovered Fremantle has one of the highest occurrences of meteorological tsunamis (meteotsunamis) in the world. Meteotsunamis are waves caused by moving atmospheric pressure disturbances, such as cold fronts and thunderstorms. In cases of powerful meteotsunamis, significant natural disasters have resulted from their impact. The discovery was made after UWA researchers analysed high frequency sea level data and combined it with meteorological activity in Fremantle during 2014. The results were then compared with previous research carried out across Australia and in other parts of the world…


Natural disasters: locals save more lives, says Red Cross before UN summit

world disaster map 2014The 2015 World Disasters Report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) found there is an increasing need to balance the relationship between international aid agencies and locals in order to guard communities against disasters. “There are far more lives saved and casualties rescued by local people than by outsiders,” Australian Red Cross International programs operations manager Natasha Freeman said. “Time and again we see local first responders saving lives and digging through the rubble…



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