Reacting to disasters: the need for dignity and mindfulness

UNDRR welcomes the launch of the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, welcomed the launch of the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is an international partnership that will support countries – developed and developing – to build climate and disaster resilient infrastructure. The Coalition’s secretariat, supported by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and based in Delhi, will facilitate knowledge exchange, provide technical support and support capacity building….


The ultimate luxury in today’s custom homes? Disaster-proof design

“In fact, some argue it’s time to get rid of the idea of “100-year storms” completely.” – Boyce Thompson, author of a new book Designing for Disaster [Photo: courtesy Schiffer Publishing]
Remember Hurricane Michael? The deadly storm is still fresh in the memory of people on the Gulf Coast. But as author Boyce Thompson says in the introduction of his new book, Designing for Disaster, “in the United States, 100-year storms occur so frequently that people forget their names.”

Around this time last year, Michael was bearing down on the Gulf of Mexico. When the storm passed, news crews and reporters flocked to the Florida community of Mexico Beach to report on the neighborhood’s almost-complete devastation. “Almost,” because one home was left remarkably unscathed amid the utter devastation: The home of radiologist Dr. Lebron Lackey, who had spent nearly double the standard cost of a new home to fortify it against a storm like Michael.

“We wanted to build it for the big one,” Lackey told the New York Times last year. “We just never knew we’d find the big one so fast.”

While it was an unusual story, that kind of thinking is becoming more common amongst clients commissioning homes in disaster-prone areas. Thompson’s new tome is focused on this emerging genre of luxury architecture, which makes resilience a key amenity…


Reacting to disasters: the need for dignity and mindfulness

Over the last few decades, there appears to have been an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters — or at least this is the impression that one gets. Of course, a number of these disasters are due to “normal” geological forces. This was the case of the 2004 South East Asian tsunami that was triggered by a rupture of 1,600 kilometres of fault surface under the Indian Ocean subsiding by over one metre. Tectonic movements also explain the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), and the recent earthquake on September 24, 2019…

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