UNDRR – Disasters Displace More People Than Conflict and Violence

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction  (UNDRR) today reports that as climate change intensifies, extreme weather events, such as floods, storms, bushfires and heatwaves are forcing millions from their homes each year. In 2018, disasters displaced 17.2 million people from their homes, 90 per cent fled weather and climate-related hazards. There were 1,600 … More UNDRR – Disasters Displace More People Than Conflict and Violence

PrepTalk Released: Dr Carolyn Kouky’s “Harnessing the Power of Disaster Insurance”

Today, the PrepTalk Partners released Dr Carolyn Kousky’s PrepTalk “Harnessing the Power of Disaster Insurance”. In her PrepTalk, Kousky demonstrates the essential role of insurance in disaster recovery. She explains why not enough people have insurance coverage and offers suggestions for how the public and private sectors can work together to overcome challenges of increasing … More PrepTalk Released: Dr Carolyn Kouky’s “Harnessing the Power of Disaster Insurance”

SABER Helps Communities Back to Business During & After Disasters

In recent years, severe storm surges, flooding, mass power outages and other natural or man-made emergencies and disasters have affected businesses in myriad ways. When these disasters strike, the Homeland Security Enterprise relies on real-time data to effectively help businesses, and in turn, private citizens, recover and get back on their feet. SABER status in … More SABER Helps Communities Back to Business During & After Disasters

Adapting to Climate Change in Jakarta Using Biopori Infiltration Holes

With global climate change comes an increased threat of urban flooding to many towns and cities. In Jakarta, Indonesia, urban flooding is a very real problem. With a growing population consuming more water, an increase in land covered with cement or concrete, a decrease of natural green spaces and a changing climate, Jakarta has to … More Adapting to Climate Change in Jakarta Using Biopori Infiltration Holes

UNICEF Appeals for US$10 Million to Support Flood-affected Children in South Sudan

While water levels are continuing to rise, UNICEF in South Sudan launched a flash appeal asking for US$10 million to respond to the most immediate needs of children affected by the floods. Over 900,000 people in South Sudan, including 490,000 children, are in need of urgent assistance. Almost one-fifth of the country, which is the … More UNICEF Appeals for US$10 Million to Support Flood-affected Children in South Sudan

River Thames Flood Defence Scheme Set to Receive £270million Funding

Surrey County Council’s cabinet is set to agree £270 million of funding for long term flood risk management work across Surrey to protect homes and roads. This will include requesting approval from HM Treasury and development of applications for the statutory consents required to enable the construction of the scheme and also includes a contribution … More River Thames Flood Defence Scheme Set to Receive £270million Funding

66 Deaths after Tropical Cyclone Hagibis Hits in Eastern Japan

As of 15.10.19, the number of fatalities has increased to 66 after the passage of Tropical Cyclone Hagibis in eastern Japan. Hundreds of people sustained injuries, and according to initial estimates from national authorities, more than 10,700 houses have been damaged, nearly 35,000 households remain without electricity, and 130,000 have no running water. Typhoon Hagibis made … More 66 Deaths after Tropical Cyclone Hagibis Hits in Eastern Japan

Thousands Hit by Floods in Venezuela & Columbia

Heavy rains and flooding have affected thousands of people throughout Venezuela and Columbia. After heavy rain in the Sierra de Perijá around 2,000 people have been affected by flooding in Zulia State in northwestern Venezuela. The heavy rain triggered flooding of the Kunana River in the town of Toromo in Machiques de Perijá Municipality. Homes, livestock, … More Thousands Hit by Floods in Venezuela & Columbia

U.S. Army Corps of Engineering Issue Draft Assessment on Burlington Flood Protection Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment to the proposed alterations to the existing levee system. New flood risk reduction features in Burlington, North Dakota will also be constructed. There has been a history of flooding along the Souris River (also referred to as the Mouse River) in northcentral North Dakota. … More U.S. Army Corps of Engineering Issue Draft Assessment on Burlington Flood Protection Project

State Of Disaster Declared As Tropical Storm Imelda Impacts Texas

US Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in several counties that are currently experiencing widespread flooding due to Tropical Storm Imelda. This declaration will ensure that local officials have access to any state resources they may require to respond to this severe weather. On Monday, Governor Abbott deployed numerous resources to the … More State Of Disaster Declared As Tropical Storm Imelda Impacts Texas