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Hurricane Harvey Survivors Kicked Out of Hotels in Texas
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has officially let down Hurricane Harvey survivors. As of Tuesday, about 1,400 Texans had to check out of the hotel rooms where they were staying in the aftermath of the storm that has left them homeless since last year, reports The Houston Chronicle.
Apparently, FEMA decided there’s enough housing in five Texas counties—Harris, Brazoria, Montgomery, Nueces, and Fort Bend—for these families to find a roof beyond hotel rooms. FEMA officials told The Chronicle that folks in these counties were asked to check out of their hotels. The agency notified them this would happen through phone calls last week, according to a news release…
Stakeholders aim for disaster-resilient city
THE Cagayan de Oro city government and the private sector have partnered with the National Resilience Council (NRC) to draft measures aimed at making Cagayan de Oro, a disaster-vulnerable city, resilient to disasters.
In the first stakeholders meeting and launch on Friday, April 27, NRC executive director Malu Erni said the council has been forging partnerships with local government units (LGUs) to enable cities and municipalities to prepare for disasters and be resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
Erni said the NRC has adapted an international standard or index for resiliency and develop the Philippine Disaster Resilience Scorecard for local governments and the Leadership Resiliency Program for the local chief executives and LGU officials…
Happy-washing: how a ‘happiness campaign’ hurts disaster survivors
The Tacloban City Government has launched a marketing campaign branding the city as the “Home of the Happiest People in the World.”
Published at the city government’s Facebook page is a promotional video showcasing Tacloban’s scenic landscapes, posh hotels and smiling people. Set to inspirational and upbeat music, the 6-minute video follows Tacloban Mayor Cristina Gonzalez Romualdez as she delivers short catchphrases for why you should visit the city.
“You’ll like the sceneries. You’ll love the gentle smiles,” she says, as the camera zooms to cheerful locals.
This campaign is tone deaf and cringeworthy. Absent from the video is the story of a city that suffered from Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013, that claimed the lives of over 6,000 people and displaced over four million inhabitants. Many are still suffering today….