IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit Provides New Resources for Emergency Alerts

FEMA, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), has released the “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Planning Toolkit.” It will assist new and existing state, local, tribal and territorial alerting authorities to create and support an effective program for alerts, warnings and notifications.  IPAWS is … More IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit Provides New Resources for Emergency Alerts

South Asia Floods: 9.6 Million People Swamped as Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

A humanitarian crisis is deepening in South Asia as new figures reveal that more than 9.6 million people have been affected by monsoon floods, devastating large areas of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Jagan Chapagain, Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said: “Millions of people across Bangladesh, India and Nepal have … More South Asia Floods: 9.6 Million People Swamped as Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

China Sees Flooding Affect 38 Million People

Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, routinely fluctuates in size between the winter and summer seasons. Between 2019 and 2020, however, water levels went from barely there to the highest on record. The left image was acquired on December 8, 2019. Winter is a dry time of year in eastern China, and the lake typically … More China Sees Flooding Affect 38 Million People

UK Aid-Backed Drone Technology Supports Ghana’s Coronavirus Fight

A partnership between UK aid and Gavi: the Vaccine Alliance, is supporting the Government of Ghana to use Zipline drones to collect coronavirus test samples from across the country. This world-leading technology has increased Ghana’s ability to deliver vaccines for diseases like yellow fever and polio and collect testing kits for coronavirus, particularly in rural … More UK Aid-Backed Drone Technology Supports Ghana’s Coronavirus Fight

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