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U.N. collates global disaster data to help reduce risk
A global effort to quantify the impact of disasters – from droughts to hurricanes – is underway to work out how countries can deal better with them, the United Nations said on Thursday.
The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said compiling a complete picture of how countries were affected would protect the most vulnerable, and show which risk-reduction strategies worked best.
“It is impossible to prevent disasters and to manage risk if a country is not measuring its disaster losses,” said Mami Mizutori, U.N. special representative for disaster risk reduction…
U.S. Hospitals Can’t Handle Catastrophic Attacks or Disasters, Report Finds
A new report found that U.S. hospitals would struggle to respond adequately to large-scale catastrophic events such as disasters and attacks, raising concerns about the nation’s capacity to handle bioterrorism or other mass-casualty events.
The two-year study from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Health Security states that although the healthcare system is better prepared post-9/11, it’s still not par in terms of handling a catastrophic disaster — and “other segments of society that support or interact with the healthcare system and that are needed for creating disaster-resilient communities are not sufficiently prepared for disasters.”
Researchers put disaster prep into four categories: relatively small-scale mass injury/illness events like a tornado, shooting spree or small outbreaks; large-scale natural disasters such as significant hurricanes or earthquakes; complex mass casualty events such as the Las Vegas and Orlando mass shootings, the Boston Marathon bombing, the 2003 Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island, limited radiological and chemical events, and limited spread of deadly pathogens such as bioterrorism…