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Translating Warnings into Action – How we can Improve Early Warning Systems to Protect Communities

Early warnings for hazards are essential for living safely and minimizing economic losses.  For many hazards, it is possible to give advance notice and accurate information to help communities prepare and respond.  However, issuance of the warning itself is not enough for a warning system to be effective, as the effectiveness of warnings is determined […]

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NATECH

Technological Emergencies triggered by natural hazards (so called NATECH Events) become also more relevant with the increase of the frequency and strength of natural and climate related hazards. Different material from various organisations address the aspects of NATECH and provide guidance. Available in several languages.

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Building Resilience in Communities that Neighbor the Chaparrastique Volcano

  Hercules is one of the 5 communities located at the base of the Chaparrastique volcano, in the San Miguel department in El Salvador. On December 29th 2013, the volcano emitted a large column of smoke and ash, affecting nearby towns. Community members remember the panic they felt that day – running out of their

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Construyendo la resiliencia en comunidades aledañas al volcán Chaparrastique

La comunidad Hércules es una de las 5 comunidades que se ubican en las faldas del volcán Chaparrastique, en el departamento de San Miguel en El Salvador. El 29 de diciembre de 2013 el volcán expulsó una columna de humo y ceniza, afectando los municipios cercanos. Los miembros de la comunidad que se acuerdan de

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The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters (1995-2015)

A new report published by The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.   Highlights -The five countries hit by the highest number

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Protected areas as tools for Disaster Risk Reduction. A handbook for practitioners

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) has therefore become a critical part of sustainable development strategies. The acronym DRR embraces a complex mixture of policies and actions, from education of civil society, through disaster preparedness strategies to engineering solutions ranging from construction of sea walls to building regulations that aim to protect cities against earthquakes. The following

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My Resilience Story (Mi historia de resiliencia) Ecuador-Tungurahua

Ecuador.- Desde septiembre de 1999 la Provincia de Tungurahua experimentó un fenómeno natural como lo es el inicio de la Erupción del Volcán Tungurahua. Este proceso eruptivo hizo que los moradores que vivían en las faldas del volcán y sus cercanías tuvieran que ser evacuados para sobreguardar sus vidas por algunas ocasiones, abandonando cultivos, ganado

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Volcano

Volcanoes are an opening in the earth’s surface generally found where tectonic plates are diverging or converging. Erupting volcanoes can eject a variety of material that can cause potential hazards to human life and property. These include: ash, falls, pyroclastics flows, lava flow and gas emission. In addition volcanic eruptions may also produce secondary impacts,

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