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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has launched its new Disaster Resilience Benchmarking Tool

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has launched its new Disaster Resilience Benchmarking Tool to help community organisations get ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Resilient Community Organisations is a toolkit to support community organisations to assess their preparedness and build resilience to disasters and emergencies.  Community service organisations are often the first port of call for many people affected by a disaster. But how ready are we? How prepared is the community sector to support and protect the people most at risk if a disaster hits?

To help you to find out whether your organisation is prepared, ACOSS has developed the Disaster Resilience Benchmarking Tool. The tool has six steps, each with its own specific resources, to help you assess and build your capacity for weathering a disaster. You can work through the tools at your own pace; click here to start now.  By planning ahead, and ensuring that our workplaces are prepared, we can be assured that, when disasters and emergencies strike, we will be able to support those affected the most…

 

Extreme Heat Could Kill 3,300 New Yorkers a Year by 2080

That’s a spike from around 600 annually just a few years ago.  Heat related deaths could kill as many as 3,300 New Yorkers annually by 2080, according to new research.  Researchers behind the study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, evaluated how a combination of rising temperatures due to climate change and changing population patterns would contribute to a spike in heat-related deaths. The projection represents a sharp spike from the average of around 640 annual heat-related deaths between 2000 and 2006.  Reducing greenhouse gas emissions could reduce the chances of such high levels of mortality, researchers said. Governments from around the world have already committed to working to keep temperature rise to 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100, but it remains to be seen if that can be…

 

Story of cities #9: Kingston, Jamaica – a city born of ‘wickedness’ and disaster

A depiction of the earthquake that destroyed much of Port Royal in 1692, by Jan Luyken and Pieter van der Aa. Illustration: Alamy

A depiction of the earthquake that destroyed much of Port Royal in 1692, by Jan Luyken and Pieter van der Aa. Illustration: Alamy

When the devastating earthquake of 1692 ripped through Port Royal, aka the ‘richest and wickedest city in the world’, a very different Caribbean capital rose up in its place. But could Kingston’s rigid grid plan impose order after the chaos?…

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