‘No Time To Retreat’ Report by UN OCHA

The reinforcement, rather than replacement, of local and national crisis management systems by international actors was the most reported area of progress by the participating stakeholders, according to ‘No Time To Retreat’ by UN OCHA, the first annual synthesis report on progress since the World Humanitarian Summit.  The Agenda for Humanity outlines a plan to meet humanitarian... Read More

Developing Countries are in need of Recovery not just Resilience

The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 cost $235 billion, according to World Bank. Six years later, Japanese residents are still recovering from the natural disaster. Japan’s Reconstruction agency stated that out of the 150,000 evacuees who lost their homes, 50,000 of them were still living in temporary housing. The... Read More

Typhoon Damrey Takes Over Southern Vietnam

Typhoon Damrey, which hit on November 4th, has affected at least one million children over the central region of Vietnam, says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Over 80,000 homes and 250,000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed. Vietnam’s coastline is frequently victim to tropical thunderstorms however Damrey is being... Read More

Tsunami Awareness day – Join the Wave of Awareness

The Sumatra Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 caused over 230,000 fatalities and 1.7 million people were left homeless in the 14 different countries bordering the ocean. Two years later Japan was hit and although warning and evacuation systems had successfully been put in place it still took lives of more... Read More

[Infographic] Disaster Preparedness

Infographic by Shiv Raj Sharma of Keys90 From 2005 to 2017, there were 350 weather-related disasters. In the 20 years from 1997 to 2017, flooding made up nearly 50% of natural disasters and resulted in 157,000 deaths around the world. While the unpredictability of natural disasters is often what makes... Read More

International Day for Disaster Reduction

October 13th is International Day for Disaster Reduction, a day to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction. This occasion began in 1989 when the United Nations General Assembly called for a day to raise global awareness about disaster risk reduction at the community level that could contribute... Read More

Caribbean Disaster Response Communications by ITC Global

In the wake of the recent back-to-back hurricanes that have devastated the Caribbean, remote satellite communications provider, ITC Global, has joined its customers and NGO partners in supporting humanitarian aid and relief efforts in progress across the region. The company’s Disaster Recovery team is actively working with first responders and... Read More

World Habitat Day

October 2nd is World Habitat Day, which is a day to reflect on the basic right of adequate shelter for all. This year’s theme is Housing Policies: Affordable Homes, which is championed by United Cities and Local Governments and the United Nations’ Make the Shift campaign. This campaign seeks to... Read More

Hurricane Season and the Dawn of the Technological Response

The Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico have recently faced trial after trial with the arrival of three hurricanes into this region. As Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and Louisiana, the states faced approximately 27 trillion gallons of water from ocean storm surges and heavy rainfall. Harvey claimed the... Read More

Disaster Preparedness Steps for Small Businesses

A disaster of any size can turn a small business upside-down. A single tropical storm is capable of devastating an entire city with long-term implications and millions of dollars in damage. And following such a crisis, nearly 40 percent of all companies never open their doors again. Therefore preparedness and... Read More

Responding to Climate Change with Climate Science in Kenya

Kenya, like many other climate vulnerable countries around the world, has experienced natural disasters and extreme weather at an alarming rate and immense intensity. The impacts of climate vulnerability and natural disasters disproportionately affect the infrastructure and resilience of a country like Kenya. As rainfall during the rainy season remains... Read More

Early warning, early action: Emerging innovations in disaster response

In a disaster situation, the ability to detect developments and distribute information can save lives. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a more accurate method of predicting volcanic eruptions by measuring the energy moving through a volcano and comparing it with changes in the surrounding rock. According to the team,... Read More

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