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Artificially manufactured humus materials, a humic substance that forms in soil after plant matter decays in nature, are beneficial to managing slopes and preventing disasters in public infrastructure projects. Recently, humus technology was used in national roadside slope stabilization works in Kagoshima prefecture and Kyoto prefecture. Furthermore, th…
Authorized by the State of Florida Legislature in 2000, the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model (FPHLM) provides the state with a fair, open, and transparent tool for reviewing insurance company rate requests. The intent was to ensure fair pricing for both consumers and insurance companies. The model acts as a check on private sector models in determi…
The FIU 12-fan Wall of Wind (WOW) Research and Testing Facility was inaugurated on August 24, 2012, the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s devastating landfall in South Florida. The WOW facility is capable of controlled testing in flows that replicate hurricane winds up to Category 5, accompanied by wind-driven rain. The WOW has confirmed the effect…
Sağlam Kobi is a model program between UPS, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (CSR-Turkey). This project was launched in 2013 and the name translates to “strong small and medium businesses.” Through this strategic public-private partnership, these businesses in Tur…
The Enel Foundation offered training courses during 2016 to more than 200 students from several prestigious academic institutions. The project aims to raise the interest and awareness on resilience across sectors with a specific focus on strategic and operational issues. The training opportunity is designed for MBA and PhD Programs and will be replicate…
The "Salerno" and "Palermo" projects represent an optimal example of targeted interventions on the high, medium, and low voltage grids with the aim to improve customer experience while enhancing resilience. The projects have been designed considering a broad perspective on well-defined areas, improving the quality of electrical service, introducing inno…
Okinawa, Japan, located southwest of the country, is heavily dependent on tourism, the largest economic sector in the region. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, the Okinawa Prefectural Government launched the Tourism Crisis Management initiative, a multi-faceted project to reduce the disaster risks and prepare for potential c…
The Greater Paris Region and MASA Group have been working alongside to test contingency plans with the artificial intelligent simulation platform MASA SYNERGY. As a result these contingency plans were updated. In a second stage, senior crisis staff, emergency services personnel and the private sector were trained to deal with the impact of this continge…
A new UNISDR study of the private sectors in Dominica and the British Virgin Islands finds that even though most businesses had disaster continuity plans, Maria and Irma revealed that they were unprepared for a level 5 hurricane. Businesses must recognize inconsistencies in information, resource access, education, and capacity building to enhance their…
Developing countries in general and those in Asia, in particular, have become producers of goods and services for rest of the world as a result of which investments in the region have grown significantly. But before the advent of global investments, the domestic risks that countries are prone to, including disasters, were largely confined to within thei…