Disaster Communications

ESCAP: Tsunamis, earthquakes, unprecedented flooding, heatwaves, cyclones, drought and sand and dust storms. Almost half of the 281 natural disaster events worldwide last year occurred in the Asia-Pacific region, including eight of the ten deadliest. The defining issue of our times – climate change – has further resulted in the intensification and changing geography of disasters, hitting the most vulnerable populations the hardest. Against this backdrop, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold its second Disaster Resilience Week from 26 to 30 August 2019. Themed “Building disaster resilience through empowerment, inclusion and
Dan Whitcomb, Reuters In California last month, two young children and their great-grandmother died in a wildfire that family members say they never saw coming. In January, thousands of people were panic-stricken in Hawaii by a false alarm that a ballistic missile was about to strike the islands. These and other critical failures have prompted a review of disaster alerts in the United States, which largely operate at a local level, underlining the potential need for a nationwide system, as scientists warn changing weather may bring more hurricanes and wildfires. “For all practical purposes we don’t really have a national
The world we live in is pretty beautiful, but nobody can escape from disaster impacts. We can’t avoid disaster but can reduce the risk of it. Disaster perception, a non-profit volunteer organization, is working to reduce the risks by making people aware. We believe if people can perceive risk and disaster, they can manage it efficiently and, minimize the loss and damage. As youth is the power of a nation, their involvement is crucial in any crisis management. DP appreciates youth vigor power in emergency management and humanitarian actions. We are building a network to disseminate disaster knowledge and information