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East Texas Red Cross: Disaster cases nearly doubled in 2016
It has been a tough year for East Texans living through natural disasters. The Red Cross said they have addressed nearly double the number of cases in 2016 as they did in 2015 after flooding, fires, and tornadoes swept through the region.
With 2017 in sight, Red Cross of East Texas director Tammy Prater said the message is turning toward preparing everyone for whatever mother nature might throw their way in the new year. statistics supplied by the Red Cross show by the end of November, the group had helped more than 500 families during the year. Prater said that number is expected to inch closer to 600 by year’s end as fire responses continue to grow.
“On an average year it’s close to 300 families assisted, so this is well over 1,500 individuals so this is a banner year unfortunately,” Prater said.
Prater has a reminder for all East Texans.
“The worst way to spend your holiday is to have a house fire, so be careful with those candles, be careful…
A peek into the first national conference on urban resilience
But even more important than the technical mainstreaming into planning is the need to be much better at involving people and citizens from different walks of life in the planning process and the implementation of those plans
The National Geographic in one of its issues speculated about two-third of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2030.
And in Bangladesh, while more than 30% of the population currently lives in urban areas, this is expected to increase to 50% by 2050.
Unfortunately, as Dr Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre of Climate Change and Development at the Independent University, Bangladesh, explains:
“This population growth and rapid urbanisation, which tend to follow an unplanned pattern, will make Bangladesh an even more disaster prone…
If the Reef was a dam, would it get more funding?
It’s time to include some new thinking to how we value, service and invest in one of our greatest natural assets, the Great Barrier Reef. In an historic partnership, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) joined forces with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) and WWF-Australia to commission a robust economic assessment to value the Reef and determine rational annual investment…