Urban Preparedness

Japan spent decades making itself earthquake resilient. Here’s how

This story was prepared and originally published by National Geographic. Japan has earned a reputation as one of the most disaster-ready nations in the world due to its seismic codes and culture of preparedness, much of which was built on knowledge from previous disasters. Three days after a major earthquake shook the West Coast of […]

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Hope amid the heat: Volunteers like Fatema Khatun help neighbors through sweltering heatwaves in Bangladesh

This story was originally published on the IFRC website, along with a video story. As the sun blazes mercilessly over Bajakajla Slum in Rajshahi City, Bangladesh, Fatema Khatun vividly remembers her childhood when the weather was different, and life was more comfortable. “When I was in primary school, the temperature was not so high, we

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Building a Resilient Future: 20+ Tools and Resources for Disaster Risk Reduction

It’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, so let’s discuss how we can make our communities safer and more resilient. Held every October 13th, the International Day for DRR was established to promote a culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. At GDPC, we are committed to providing practitioners with the knowledge and tools necessary to

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Never stop learning: ten years of the Flood Resilience Alliance in Mexico

At the heart of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s work is the knowledge that there are always opportunities to adapt and improve. In the second of our series marking ten years of the Alliance’s resilience action, the Mexican Red Cross team reflects on the benefits this approach has had in Mexico. The Mexican Red Cross

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Words into Action guidelines: Using traditional knowledges for disaster risk reduction

Formed over centuries and adapted to local cultures and environments, the term “Traditional Knowledge” refers to the knowledge, practices, and behaviours of indigenous and local communities all around the world. In the context of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Traditional Knowledge lies in the accumulated experience that comes with the close relationship of Indigenous communities to

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Expanding community resilience programs to urban contexts: Key considerations for resilience measurement

Expanding community resilience programs to urban contexts: Key considerations for resilience measurement A case study from Metro Manila, Philippines The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Every week, approximately 1.4 million people are added to urban centers globally; an estimated two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. While cities provide access

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Philippine Red Cross to promote and protect their mental health through psychosocial support program

Disaster Risk Reduction new dimensions: COVID-19 Preparedness at local level

This policy brief on COVID-19 preparedness at local level provides recommendations to cities on how to become more resilient in a world that is constantly changing. The University of Huddersfield is the leading partner of UNDRR in this effort, which also includes contributions from several RCC partners, such as UNDP and WHO, and the MCR2030

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Towards Liveable Cities: Extreme Heat Distribution in South African Cities

This research is carried out by Timothy Chambers1  with funding support from the Global Disaster Preparedness Center. Extreme temperatures have severe impacts on human health. In a climate that is projected to significantly warm in future, these impacts become exacerbated. Southern Africa in particular is a hotspot for future warming and combined with large populations

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