Storm of the Century?’ Try ‘Storm of the Decade’

Storm of the Century?’ Try ‘Storm of the Decade’


Last August, Hurricane Irene spun through the Caribbean and parts of the eastern United States, leaving widespread wreckage in its wake. The Category 3 storm whipped up water levels, generating storm surges that swept over seawalls and flooded seaside and inland communities. Many hurricane analysts suggested, based on the wide extent of flooding, that Irene was a “100-year event”: a storm that only comes around once in a century…


What businesses can teach governments about megadisasters

Governments in the region can learn from businesses when responding to mega-disasters in the region, said Singapore’s Home Minister K Shanmugam.  Asia Pacific receives the highest number of natural disasters in the world, according to the United Nations. The “expert thinking” is that there will be more such disasters in the region, he said.  “In any disaster, the governments will be expected, and will have to take the lead. But the expertise does not always lie with the governments,” he said at the ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management on 19 August. Governments must work with the private sector to leverage their expertise and resources, he said.  Governments can learn from supply chain and logistics companies on transporting relief, for instance. “The logistics companies are doing this every day for a living…


Red Cross: La. Flooding Is Worst U.S. Disaster Since Sandy

The ongoing flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross says.  “Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now,” said Brad Kieserman, the organization’s vice president of disaster services operations and logistics.  “This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate it will cost at least $30 million – a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation,” Kieserman said.  Despite the magnitude of the crisis, there is concern the situation is drawing little attention outside Louisiana.  Red Cross spokesman Craig Cooper described the disaster as “epic,” according to USA Today, but said it’s lacking an appropriate share of the…

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