natural disasters

The Red Cross in Haiti

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. The American Red Cross is helping to rebuild what the earthquake destroyed in Haiti and working with local communities to make them safer and healthier.

Website: http://www.redcross.org/haiti

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Burkinabe Council for Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation (CONASUR)

CONASUR is a public institution with humanitarian vocationl; that was set up in order to adopt a strategy for prevention and reduction of the disastrous effects of natural disasters in Burkina Faso. CONASUR's mandate includes: set up and implement, with competent partners, the national plan for preparation and response to emergency situations in case of natural disasters; coordinate and evaluate national and/or external interventions aiming at reducing the effects of natural disasters; inform, sensitize and educate communities in the culture of prevention of natural calamities.

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UN launches new initiative for urban risk management

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a new initiative to support cities around the world to manage risk following the worst year on record for economic losses from disasters. It also announced today that over 1,000 cities have now joined its "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign.

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Thu, 19/04/2012 - 08:53

UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting on Crowdsource Mapping: Now open for applications

The UN-SPIDER hosted "Expert Meeting on Crowdsource Mapping for Disaster Risk Management and Emergency Response" taking place in Vienna on 17 - 19 July is now open for applications. This Expert Meeting will bring together leading experts representing crowd-sourcing communities, space agencies, disaster management and civil protection agencies, NGOs, private companies, and regional and international organizations.

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Mon, 16/04/2012 - 11:42

GIS and Social Media Team to Combat Disasters

Two of the world’s top technologies are consistently pairing up in what many believe is the evolution of information. Software companies are integrating geographic information systems (GIS) technology and social media to map people’s tweets and other social media platforms with geospatial data. GIS paired with social media has been used in every major disaster over the past two years. Lee Mitchell, owner of G.A.I.A. Professionals, a successful GIS technology firm, lived on the waterfront line of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Wed, 29/02/2012 - 15:20

Smart phones distribute disaster information

Following a Commonwealth grant to South Australia to improve preparedness for natural disasters, councils will be able to provide information to constituents via smart phones. The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) is overseeing the $165000 project, which received $130000 from the federal and state grant. Remaining funds and support for the Emergency Assessment Reporting System project (EARS) were provided by the LGASA, which expects the project to be completed this year.

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Thu, 23/02/2012 - 16:44

Disasters: Smart weather data can make a difference

“When should we plant?” is a question increasingly being asked by small farmers in sub-Saharan Africa who depend on rain-fed agriculture. To help answer such questions, climate scientists are being urged to provide more reliable and relevant local climate data, and better communicate their knowledge on climate adaptation techniques."When we think about preparing for imminent disasters it is not possible to prepare for flooding, for example, just a few days in advance, which we get from the weather forecast.

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Tue, 21/02/2012 - 16:50

Disaster-hit areas in Japan to host international meeting on natural disasters

The Japanese government will host a ministerial-level international conference on natural disasters in early July in the three prefectures hit hardest by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to Foreign Ministry officials. The conference is an opportunity for other countries to share lessons from and responses to disasters. The government also hopes to use the conference to showcase restoration and reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake last May and boost tourism in the disaster-hit areas, they said.

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Mon, 06/02/2012 - 12:52

Disaster Averted: Instant Communication Saves Lives in Latin America

mBlox and InSTEDD Join Forces to Deliver Critical Services via Mobile to Vulnerable Populations in Latin America.

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Tue, 31/01/2012 - 16:12

Philippines: Geo-hazard maps go public

The Philippine government has made geo-hazard maps, which outline areas prone to natural disasters, publicly available in a bid to reduce vulnerability at community level.

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Tue, 31/01/2012 - 16:03

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