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Disaster response starts at home…and more

Fires are increasing in a warming world, but a new model could help us predict them

Fires are increasing: time to prepare. Fire image from www.shutterstock.com

Fires are increasing: time to prepare. Fire image from http://www.shutterstock.com

Over the past decade, the frequency of bushfires in Australia has increased. The Forest Fire Danger Index – which measures the frequency and severity of the weather most conducive to fire – has increased dramatically since the 1970s, and particularly in the 1990s and 2000s. This – along with a great deal of other evidence – indicates that a major change in the climate is looming. In a study published today in Royal Society Open Science, we show that bushfire frequency has increased by 40% over the past five years. This is part of our work to better predict bushfires using weather information. We developed a model that can predict bushfires over a week-long period with an accuracy of 91%. While we can’t yet use this to predict fires definitively, it is a big step forward in planning for and predicting fires…

 

Disaster response starts at home

Nearly every day we read about physical storms and the storms of life that pound homes and families. When someone we know falls on tough times, it’s shallow to tell them, ‘Let me know if you need anything.’ Even worse, it’s lying to tell someone on social media you’re praying for them and you forget…

 

First multisectoral confab on disaster risk reduction brings hope of integrated response

“A multi-stakeholder approach is what we need amidst various threats brought by natural and human-induced hazards. At present, both private and public sectors support communities to achieve disaster resilience. The challenge is how to enhance and harmonize existing knowledge, skills, linkages, resources, strategies and structures,” Padolina said. Veronica Gabaldon, senior program manager of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, shared how business competitors work together as collaborators in terms of disaster management. Gabaldon cited Smart and Globe, both members of the PDRF, as an example…

 

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