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Natural disasters expose women’s emergency preparedness gap

Josie

Four dead as Cyclone Josie causes major floods in Fiji

Much of the main tourist town of Nadi was underwater as Josie, with wind gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 mph) caused widespread flooding before moving away from the island group.

Police director of operations Livai Driu told the Fiji Village website that five people were washed away and “police have retrieved four bodies”.

The search was continuing for a missing 19-year-old man.

The National Disaster Management office said more than 1,000 people were sheltering in evacuation centres while heavy rain and strong wind warnings…

 

Natural disasters expose women’s emergency preparedness gap

Women play key and overlapping roles in families, communities and businesses. Women collaborate, connect, and plan ahead. But when it comes to disaster preparedness, women, and the people who depend on them, are at a potential disadvantage.

Through national surveys, funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, we found 79 per cent of 341 small businesses surveyed did not have a business continuity plan and 63 per cent of community members surveyed did not have either a flood-response or bushfire-survival plan…

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