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Group relocation preserves social connections among elderly Japanese Tsunami survivors

Preparation is key to disaster preparedness of families

To achieve disaster resilience in the community, Cebu City and Provincial Disaster Officers emphasized that disaster preparedness must start in the family.

“Whatever activities we did, balik gyud ta sapamilya kay kung andam ang pamilya, luwas ang Sugbuanon,” Katherine dela Calzada, Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer IV of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said during the recent Kapihan sa PIA at the Plenary Hall of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI) this city.

Calzada added that they are investing more on four thematic areas of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Plan, adding that they have already the template for Natural Hazards.

The four thematic areas are the (1) Disaster Prevention and Mitigation; (2) Disaster Preparedness; (3) Disaster Response; and (4) Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Meanwhile, PAGASA-Cebu Officer-in-Charge Engineer Alfredo Quiblat, Jr. strongly reminded the public to be ready and not be complacent with the peak months of typhoons approaching…

 

Group relocation preserves social connections among elderly Japanese Tsunami survivors

Group Relocation Preserves Social Connections Among Elderly Japanese Tsunami Survivors: Relocating in groups, rather than individually, increased informal socializing and social participation among older survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, a new study shows. The finding suggests local authorities should consider moving residents (especially older adults, who are disproportionately impacted by disasters) out of disaster areas and into temporary or permanent housing as a community. Hirojuki Hikichi and colleagues monitored adults over the age of 65 roughly seven months before the disaster, originally to conduct an analysis about healthy aging – inadvertently providing baseline information for their “natural experiment” prior to the onset of the disaster. This unintentional design, in effect, eliminated…

 

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