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The morning after La Soufriere volcano carpeted St Vincent and the Grenadines with millions of tons of ash, disaster management expert La Fleur Quammie put on goggles and a mask to head through an eerie landscape to coordinate her team helping people in emergency shelters.  Months of awareness-raising and extensive TV, radio and social media messaging…
The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum concluded with a strong commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework by leveraging upcoming opportunities and with a confirmation of the dates for the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be hosted by Australia in th…
VIDEO ON-DEMAND Event Description As the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 approaches its midpoint, the United Nations General Assembly has mandated a midterm review of its implementation, with specific reference made to assessing progress toward its core provision to “build back better”. The global pandemic, climate change, and s…
Trinidadian entrepreneur Stacey-Ann Pi Osoria has built her one-woman business on emergencies. Selling inflatable sandbags, flood barriers and mobile shelters, she provides the vital equipment and training her clients need to reduce their disaster risk.  But when COVID-19 hit, she faced her own crisis as the equipment orders her company PODS Marketing…
As hotels grab prime seafront land along Barbados’ west coast, the road through Mullins offers an increasingly rare “window to the sea” with unhindered views over the blond beach and shallow Caribbean waters beyond.   But for Kimberley Agard, who chairs the local district emergency organization, it’s this proximity to the sea that puts Mullins at risk …
Cruise ships are steaming back to Caribbean ports, airlines are ramping up flights and the vaccine roll-out is underway but it could still be several years before countries recuperate from the pandemic that has rocked the region, say experts. Despite the deep scars left by the crisis, countries now have a fresh focus on health, resilience and regionali…
November 18, 2021, BRUSSELS – Barcelona, Greater Manchester, Helsingborg and Milan have been unveiled as the first four European cities recognised as “Resilience Hubs” for their policy and advocacy work in addressing growing climate and disaster risks. The cities were chosen by the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative and will serve three-year terms…
For the urban coastal city of Hong Kong, typhoons are a regular occurrence from May to October. Consequently, Hong Kong’s infrastructure is designed to cope with the strong winds, floods, and storm surges they bring. Recently, however, the territory experienced two powerful storms in consecutive years. In 2017, Super Typhoon Hato struck the region, and…
The workshop entitled “Enhanced disaster preparedness for systemic risk in complex scenarios: challenges and opportunities”, constituted an opportunity for partners working on disaster preparedness to showcase the impacts of DP actions in the region, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and in complex emergencies requiring a better underst…