Study shows pre-disaster collaboration key to community resilience

Study shows pre-disaster collaboration key to community resilience

New Orleans, LA – LSU Health New Orleans-led research reports that the key to improving community resiliency following disasters is a dynamic partnership between community-based organizations and public health agencies established pre-disaster. The results are published in the American Journal of Public Health available here.

“Promoting community resilience to disasters has recently become a national public health priority,” notes Benjamin Springgate, MD, MPH, Chief of Community and Population Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans. “This is especially important in South Louisiana, at risk for both natural and man-made disasters, and its vulnerable populations.”

The Community Resilience Learning Collaborative and Research Network (C-LEARN) is a multiphase study examining opportunities to improve community resilience to the threats of disaster in South Louisiana. Although community and faith-based organizations are trusted and often fill vital roles when local, state or federal response to disasters is delayed or inadequate, members of these organizations feel that local health authorities do not include them in pre-disaster planning….


Former Fukushima Bosses Cleared Of Criminal Negligence Over Nuclear Disaster

Tsunami floods over the breakwater protecting the coastal city of Miyako of Heigawa estuary area in northern Japan, on 11 March 2011. (Image: AP)

The Tokyo District Court has acquitted three former Tokyo Electric Power Company executives charged with criminal negligence leading to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

On Thursday, the Japanese court ruled that ex-TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, along with former vice-presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto, were not criminally responsible for deaths and injuries caused by the nuclear disaster, reports The Japan Times.

The unprecedented triple disaster started on 11 March 2011, when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan. The quake spawned a devastating tsunami with waves reaching as high as 15.5m….

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