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Typhoon Haiyan memory spurs ARISE commitment
Exactly three years after the country was lashed by the deadly Typhoon Haiyan, UNISDR’s Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) network in the Philippines yesterday committed to strengthen partnerships with national and local authorities, academia and civil society as part of its ambition to reduce disaster risk in the hazard-prone country.
The six-point commitment statement included pledges to: prioritise risk-sensitive investment and action through the adoption of new standards for infrastructure, buildings and industrial and business practices; mobilize more trans-disciplinary research and collaboration on disaster risk reduction to harness the power of applied science; and mainstream science into local risk…
Practice is key to success against future natural disasters
Soldiers with the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade (TTSB) conducted Exercise Palmetto Lightning at the Fountain Inn Armory, Nov. 4-5, 2016, to prepare for future natural disasters that could affect the state.
Palmetto Lightning was a field exercise used to ‘practice as we fight’ in order for the Soldiers to become more aware and prepared for any future winter storm, or other natural disaster, responses.
“The more we get out of the Warrior Room and set up the equipment, the more familiar and efficient we will be,” said U.S. Army Maj. Robert Vaughn, 228th TTSB Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) system control officer.
The exercise consisted of seven vehicle recovery teams (VRT) and three liaisons from the 228th TTSB placed at different locations to communicate between the VRTs and the brigade’s Tactical Operations Center. The SCNG liaisons would relay missions to the VRTs and they would…