2 years after Yolanda: Learning from disaster…and more

2 years after Yolanda: Learning from disaster

These valuable insights can help decision-makers tasked with implementing recovery to address emerging issues and strengthen resilience to future disasters – especially at a time of rising disaster risk and increasingly frequent extreme weather events. Through monitoring, evaluation, and knowledge sharing, these policies and practices can be altered as necessary to fit changing circumstances…


15 Critical Habits of Mentally Tough People

Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move through it successfully. It sounds easy. We all want good friends, good jobs, and good relationships. But it isn’t. It’s hard to be mentally tough, especially when you feel stuck. The ability to break the mold and take a bold new direction requires that extra grit, daring, and spunk that only the mentally toughest people have. It’s fascinating how mentally tough people set themselves apart from the crowd. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to overcome. When Thomas Edison’s factory burned to the ground in 1914, destroying one-of-a-kind prototypes and causing $23 million in damage, Edison’s response was simple, “Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up..


Building for resilience

yolanda rehab

The remains of six persons were dug up behind a national high school in Tacloban as the city prepared to mark two years since the city was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Local officials believe the remains were those of victims of the deadliest typhoon to hit the country. The death toll had soared past 6,000 and was still climbing when the national government decided to stop the official body count, despite protests from local officials who said many more were buried in the rubble and underneath ships that smashed ashore at the height of the typhoon. Yolanda turned much of Eastern Visayas into a wasteland. Homes, offices, schools and public buildings were blown away. Plantations were flattened and livelihoods wiped out. Even as the government responded to the destruction in a fumbling way, there was already talk of “building back better,” of building for disaster resilience. Two years later, simple building – and not even for the better – is reportedly moving slowly in areas as basic as permanent shelters….


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