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A Guide for Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness Planning

This guide, written for municipal and regional planners, reflects information,concerns and recommendations that emerged at the daylong forum on December 6, 2005, on “Lessons Learned” from recent large-scale disasters that affected states along the Gulf Coast. This guide is primarily intended to assist people involved in preparedness planning at the municipal and regional levels. It […]

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Urban risk assessments : understanding disaster and climate risk in cities

The rapid and often unplanned expansion of cities is exposing more people and economic assets to the risk of disasters and the effects of climate change. For city governments, increased climate variability imposes additional challenges to effective urban management and the delivery of key services, while for residents it increasingly affects their lives and livelihoods

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Managing Spontaneous Volunteers in Times of Disaster: The Synergy of Structure and Good Intentions

In 2002-03 UPS, the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, FEMA and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) coalition convened a set of partner organizations to review the challenges and opportunities associated with disaster volunteering; develop preliminary recommendations and action steps for addressing the challenges of spontaneous volunteers; and secure commitment from participating organizations to

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Adaptive Disaster Risk Reduction. Enhancing Methods and Tools of Disaster Risk Reduction in the light of Climate Change

The report presents recommendations to strengthen the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction through improving DRR tools and approaches for an enhanced adaptation to climate change impacts.  Link to document http://www.dkkv.org/DE/publications/ressource.asp?ID=302

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Drought tips from FEMA

A set of tips on drought preparedness put together by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the United States. While many of the tips may be US specific, some can be readily adapted to other country contexts. FEMA. http://www.ready.gov/drought http://www.ready.gov/drought

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Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has put together a set of guides to incremental retrofitting strategies for a wide variety of building types. FEMA, 2003. FEMA overview of earthquake safety at work, Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Office Buildings, Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Retail Buildings, Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Hospital Buildings, Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of

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ShakeOut earthquake drills

The Great ShakeOut is a once a year earthquake drill first held in California in 2008 to raise awareness across all segments of the community. Participation has since spread around the globe and an increasing numebr of communities take part every year. The Great ShakeOut website, ShakeOut Drill Manual for Schools, ShakeOut Drill Manual for

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Drought Preparedness Planning: Building Institutional Capacity

Past attempts to manage drought and its impacts through a reactive, crisis management approach have been ineffective, poorly coordinated, and untimely.  Because of the ineffectiveness of this approach, greater interest has evolved in recent years in the adoption of a more proactive risk-based management approach in some countries. The 10-step drought planning process developed by Wilhite (1991) was

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