Culture-Based Disaster Risk Reduction

Presently, in Mexico the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is going onAn 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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“The Science of Preparing Cities for Natural Disasters”

This article provides a review of the new book The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters, by its author, Robert Muir-Wood. He is the CEO of Risk Management Solutions.  Worth reading and considering his negative views of emergency management as presently conducted.  Some excerpts follow:

If you want to understand what really drives the risk and what you need to do, it comes down to planning decisions. It comes down to building codes and their enforcement, and avoiding corruption in how the building-code process functions, because the building sector is typically the most corrupt sector of any country. The level of corruption, we know, correlates quite strongly with casualties in disasters.

To make all this happen we need to really educate people about their risks — improving risk literacy so that people understand the need for warnings and the need for evacuation procedures. There are lots of things that a city leader can do to get their city to be resilient. It involves really engaging with people and educating them about the risks .

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Concerns about Federal Disaster Response Funding

Trump’s Response To Disaster Relief Raises Alarms. Concern mounts as hurricane and wildfire season nears.

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Understanding Tornadoes

Understanding tornadoes: 5 questions answered

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