Some Excellent Documents from the European Commission

Here are some excellent documents from the European Commission:

Thanks to Chris Jones for the citations.

Regarding the first document, here is a short summary of Knowing More and Loosing Less; the Role of Science in Disaster Management from the Homeland Security News Wire.

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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Above Normal Activity Predicted

NOAA predicts active Atlantic hurricane season with 5 to 9 hurricanes. The federal government predicts an unusually active 2017 hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, with five to nine hurricanes expected to form.

Overall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts 11 to 17 named tropical storms will develop in the region, which includes the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, the agency announced Thursday. The season officially begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

Of the hurricanes, two to four could be major, with wind speeds of 111 mph or higher and rated as Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of Hurricane Intensity. An average season typically spawns six hurricanes and peaks in August and September.

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“Preserving Heritage Boosts Disaster Resilience”

From Reliefweb, this account of a session at the UN conference in Mexico: Preserving heritage boosts disaster resilience.

Cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge are key resources of community and national disaster resilience across the world.

However, much of this heritage and knowledge is being lost to both sudden and slow-onset disasters, weakening the resilience capacity of future generations.

To reverse the trend, a session at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction has made a series of recommendations to strengthen investment in such ‘human infrastructure’.

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Culture-Based Disaster Risk Reduction

Presently, in Mexico the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is going on. Here is more on the conference:

The Global Platform in Cancun Mexico is in its final day. Don’t miss the live webcasts, and see over 120 videos of all sessions – already available on the Global Platform website, and on the UNISDR YouTube channel

An interesting new concept and brief paper on Culture-Based Disaster Risk Reduction will be handed out at that conference. Thanks to Dr. Laura Olson, one of the authors, for the information.

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“How Social Ties Make Us Resilient to Trauma”

How social ties make us resilient to trauma.  Excerpt:

Hardening our society is one way to make us more resilient to hazards – that is, to allow us to bounce back from adversity more quickly. But we cannot armor our societies against all threats. Millions of people in cities like Boston, Mumbai, Ghana, Tel Aviv and Tokyo use public transportation systems, attend concerts, go to parks, visit malls and walk in public daily. All of these locations are vulnerable to those who would do us harm, and we cannot police them all. Further, protecting against one type of physical threat, such as an active shooter, does little to shield society against other types of dangers, such as vehicular attacks. My research on the role of social networks during and after crises provides an alternative approach. Rather than focusing on hardening our physical infrastructure, our societies become more resilient when we deepen and broaden our social infrastructure. Social ties provide emotional support, information and collective action at critical times.

Thanks to Dan Aldrich, the author, for calling this article to my attention.

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Office Emergency Kit

Ten Must Have Items for Your Office Emergency Kit

Addendum:  One astute reader commented that some bars of chocolate are essential.  The diva agrees; it definitely would help the businessperson during a prolonged event.

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New Disaster Knowledge Hub in Australia

Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub launched in Australia.

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has launched a new knowledge hub that will act as a source of expertise for government organisations and communities working to prepare for natural disasters.

The hub currently provides access to resources including the Emergency Management Library and Australian Journal of Emergency Management collections, as well as multiple disaster resilience and emergency management handbooks and manuals.


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