Celebrating the success of HFA

UNISDR called for cases that highlight the success of the Hyogo Framework for Action over the last 10 years and serve as an evidence to support the recommendations made for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

Practices or cases range from implementation at any level (community, city, national, regional or global), or implementation by stakeholders (national or local governments, non-governmental entities, universities, private sector, intergovernmental organizations or community groups).

Click below on each of the five HFA priorities. 

1. National and local priority

Title Description Location

Strengthening inclusive DRR in the Dominican Republic

Participantes del Foro La Reducción del Riesgo asegura la Resiliencia en los Territorios/UNISDR Participantes del Foro La Reducción del Riesgo asegura la Resiliencia en los Territorios/UNISDR

An interagency initiative implemented in the Dominican Republic during 2012-2014 has resulted in the strengthening of community and institutional disaster preparedness in Azua, while ensuring inclusion of groups with specific vulnerabilities, especially women, children, people of Haitian descent and people living with disabilities in disaster risk management (DRM) decision making and resilience building activities. There is evidence of more inclusive DRM action led by empowered local government authorities, many signed up to the Resilient Cities Campaign, who now championing resilience governance in this at-risk Caribbean country.

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Dominican Republic

Integration of MISP into the Disaster Risk Reduction Action Plan of District and Provincial Government in Pakistan

Securing Sexual and Reproductive Health of drought-affected communities in the Sindh Arid Zone, IPPF / Pakistan / Alison Lowe Securing Sexual and Reproductive Health of drought-affected communities in the Sindh Arid Zone, IPPF / Pakistan / Alison Lowe

The sexual and reproductive health programme in crisis and post-crisis situations addresses all stages of the emergency management cycle. It ensures timely access for crisis-affected populations to life saving sexual and reproductive health services as outlined in the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP). It creates an enabling environment through advocacy with key stakeholders, puts measures for disaster risk reduction in place and establishes mechanisms to build country capacities for emergency preparedness. Read more

Pakistan

Hyogo passes on memories and lessons of Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

Residents in Kobe hold a memorial ceremony on Jan. 17 to mark the day when a deadly magnitude 6.8 earthquake ripped apart their homes, killing more than 6,000 of their families and compatriots. (FACEBOOK / Asiya Hamada) Residents in Kobe hold a memorial ceremony on Jan. 17 to mark the day when a deadly earthquake killed more than 6,000 people. (FACEBOOK / Asiya Hamada)

Hyogo Prefecture has designated January 17 as the annual “Hyogo Safety Day”. It is an event that passes on memories and lessons learned from the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. On the day, Hyogo holds a memorial ceremony for the earthquake victims while organizing a memorial walk in which participants walk through disaster-affected areas to revisit the earthquake experience where people faced total disruption of public transport service. In addition, Hyogo has been supporting citizens with various disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction initiatives that befit Hyogo Safety Day. Read more

Japan

Hyogo Prefecture sets example as it strengthens disaster management

The Hyogo International Association's disaster preparation guidebook - www.japantimes.co.jp

The Hyogo International Association's disaster preparation guidebook - www.japantimes.co.jp

 Based on the lessons learned from the chaotic experience of Japan just after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Japanese local governments have enhanced their disaster management systems significantly in terms of strengthening the disaster reduction framework and disaster preparedness facilities. Read more

Japan

Sendai City builds safety – resilience at all levels

Children in Sendai city to prepare for disaster Children in Sendai City to prepare for disaster / UNISDR

 

“We have supported the activities of volunteer disaster-prevention organizations based in neighborhood associations, which are the foundation of communities. In addition, we have promoted disaster-prevention measures which enable city government and local communities to work together.“ Read more

Japan

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Reconstruction Fund 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/103371753919018415/ Kobe Luminarie 2012 - entrusted with the hopes and dreams to the reconstruction and regeneration of the city. (http://tinyurl.com/ozkbc4t)

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Reconstruction Fund was established in April 1995 with 900 billion yen in funds to drive recovery for disaster-affected areas. From its inception until 2007, this fund spent approximately 360 billion yen on projects to assist housing, living, industry and education recovery in disaster-affected areas. Read more

Japan

Local community rebuilding in Hyogo Prefecture

Masahiko Ohkubo - Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Masahiko Ohkubo - Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

In the aftermath of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, as part of its reconstruction efforts, the Hyogo Prefectural Government provided “bases” for community activities such as assembly halls, and also established a “key person” system for connecting residents to both local citizens and outside support. Read more

Japan

Promotion of a public-private partnership

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (Masahiko Ohkubo) Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in Kobe (Masahiko Ohkubo, Flickr Creative Commons)

The Hyogo Prefectural government implemented a recovery initiative for the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which deals with local community challenges in collaboration with various stakeholders such as companies, related-organizations, and volunteers, while bringing the proactive effort of citizens into the heart of the initiative. Read more

Japan

Implementing the MISP for Reproductive Health in the Aftermath of the Zamboanga City Crisis

Badjao smile. Zamboanga City crisis / jeffpsj.blogspot.com/

Badjao smile. Zamboanga City crisis / jeffpsj.blogspot.com/

 

The SPRINT initiative is a Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme in Crisis and Post-Crisis Situations. SPRINT works to ensure access to essential lifesaving services for women, men and children in times of crises, a time when services are most needed yet are not prioritized or recognized by key humanitarian responders. Implementation of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) is not optional. It is an international standard of care that should be implemented at the onset of every crisis. Read more

Philippines

'Like our ancestors, if we have the heart, we can do it'

The Pacific has forged ahead with innovative institutional arrangements to keep the vulnerable region on the front foot in its efforts to reduce disaster risk and adapt to climate change. Read here how Vanuatu has established a Ministry for Planning and Climate Change Adaptation and how the Cook Islands is using its national budget to ‘hinge and hook’ climate finance. Read more

Pacific Islands

Lebanon embarks on regional first with disaster risk plan

has a lot on its plate but that has not stopped it from being a leading light in the Arab world terms of disaster risk reduction and being the first country in the region that has adopted an overarching national strategy that balances corrective, prospective and compensatory action. Read more

Lebanon

HFA helps Mongolia reduce disaster deaths

the HFA, Mongolia has integrated disparate departments into one National Emergency Management Agency, with the commitment to treat disaster risk reduction as a development issue. Read more

Mongolia

HFA helps Armenia reduce risk

Minister of Emergency Situations, Armen Yeritsyan, has praised the for inspiring “significant progress” in his country’s efforts to reduce disaster risk, including mainstreaming of DRR in government plans and policies. Read more

Armenia

2. Risk assessment

Title Description Location

Integration of Hospital Safety Index in Health System of Iran

Nurse in Sapir /DIOCAL -FLICKR Creative Commons Nurse in Sapir /DIOCAL -FLICKR Creative Commons

In line with the 2008-2009 UNISDR-WHO Global Campaign on Hospitals Safe from Disaster, WHO developed the Hospital Safety Index (HSI). Accordingly, Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) in collaboration with Tehran University of Medical Sciences initiated a national program to integrate HSI into the health system. As a first step, the HSI was translated into Farsi and adapted to Iran’s situation as Farsi HSI (FHSI).

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Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Development of a disaster information delivery system

Blake Patterson - Flickr Creative Commons http://tinyurl.com/pqhmw4o Blake Patterson - Flickr Creative Commons
http://tinyurl.com/pqhmw4o

 

Hyogo Prefectural Government (Hyogo) continuously releases real-time information on river water and rainfall levels to the public via the Internet and TV. Moreover, Hyogo and its municipal governments use the ‘Phoenix Disaster Management System’ to share information on river water level forecasts, along with SMS and email to send emergency information about earthquakes, tsunami, extreme weather and evacuation recommendations/instructions. In addition, Hyogo is equipped with flood prevention systems. Specifically for rivers with recreational water parks, if the water levels of these rivers rise rapidly due to rainfall, Hyogo has established circulating alarm lights, integrated with flood alerts/ warnings.

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Japan

A metrics system for disaster risk management in Iran’s health system

Woman receives medical attention after Iran Bushehr Earthquake 2013 / Mohammad Fatemi / EPA

Woman receives medical attention after Iran Bushehr Earthquake 2013 / Mohammad Fatemi / EPA

 

In line with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Priority Action 2, Iran’s health system has developed and institutionalized a metrics system for disaster risk management that provides policymakers with annual qualitative information on indicators. This system has expanded throughout Iran and includes indicators, measurement tools, and protocols for data collection, analysis, reporting, and feedback targeting hospitals, primary healthcare facilities, and households. Read more

Iran
(Islamic Republic of)

Building resilience in South Australia—a better understanding of risk

Resilient Australia Awards, 5 December 2013 / EM Knowledge Hub  http://tinyurl.com/oxk5qya Resilient Australia Awards / EM Knowledge Hub

 

Some natural events are unforeseen and the resultant damage is serious and unavoidable, but this is not the case in many of the most severe events. Many communities experience repeated disruptions from natural disasters, and the effects of these events could be minimised through better risk management, planning and prevention. However, effective management of disaster risk is heavily reliant on accurate and accessible information about natural hazards. To improve the quality and accessibility of risk information South Australia has developed the Zone Emergency Risk Management System (ZERMS) Project to assess disaster risk from multiple hazards. Read more

Australia

Measuring community resilience in times of crisis

Social Inclusion for Resilience / UNISDR /  Petra Finer

Social Inclusion for Resilience / UNISDR / Petra Finer

 

The Community Disaster Resilience Scorecard Toolkit is a tool helping Australian policy makers, local authorities, emergency planners, and community groups to measure community resilience and to set priorities and progress emergency and disaster management plans suited to their situation. Read More

Australia

Evacuation saves whole island from Typhoon Haiyan

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The prompt evacuation of 1,000 people from a tiny island that had all 500 houses destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, in Philippines, saved the entire population. The hero of the hour, UNISDR role model former mayor Al Arquillano, modestly summed up the experience: “It just shows preparedness pays.” Read more

San Fernando Municipality,
Cebu, Philippines

Farmers reap fruits of risk management

Beleagured papaya farmers in Fiji that were pushed to near bankruptcy in Cyclone Evan in 2012 have reassessed their disaster risk and as a result have changed their agriculture practices to build a more resilient business sector. This shift includes production being moved from traditional crop heartlands; budgets that include contingency for disasters, & planting on smaller blocks and on a more regular basis. Read more Fiji

Early warning helped minimize loss of lives in Orissa

The state of Orissa in India is inherently vulnerable to disasters due to its 480-km wide coastline. However, this risk was only given proper attention after it lost thousands of lives to a super cyclone in 1999. Watch how the HFA has helped the state of Orissa build a more resilient community through efficient early warning and disaster preparedness. Learn more India

Early warning once again saved lives in India

 

India has again emerged as a global example of early warning, early action with the timely evacuation of up to 400,000 people ahead of Cyclone Hudhud. Its strong track record of converting past lessons into better preparedness provides an important reference as global consultations progress to forge a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. Learn more India

3. Knowledge and Education

International disaster reduction cooperation by a local government

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The Hyogo Prefectural Government provides disaster-recovery support based on our lessons to the world’s disaster-affected areas, by dispatching experts who have experienced the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. 

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 Japan

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake verification and recommendations project

Margareta Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, meets with Governor Toshizo Ido of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan./ UNISDR photo Margareta Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, meets with Governor Toshizo Ido of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan./ UNISDR photo

In the wake of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (GHAE), the Hyogo Prefectural Government(Hyogo)summarised recovery reports one year after the disaster. In addition, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Research Institute created a 10-volume publication on the disaster recovery progress. In the fifth year after the Earthquake, the Institute carried out the Earthquake Countermeasure Comprehensive International Review Project, while implementing the 10-Year Reconstruction Overall Verification and Recommendations Project at the 10th anniversary of the earthquake. These projects summarised lessons learned from the GHAE while making recommendations on future disaster reduction.  

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 Japan

Disaster prevention education in Hyogo

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Maiko High School / by hyogo-c.ed.jp Maiko High School / by hyogo-c.ed.jp[/caption]

Primary schools and junior high schools in Hyogo Prefecture have been promoting disaster prevention education to pass on the lessons learned from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (GHAE) and to help citizens cope with various types of disasters.

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Japan

Establishment of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

[caption id="attachment_4817" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution / www.att-japan.net Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution / www.att-japan.net[/caption]

In April 2002, with assistance from the national government, the Hyogo Prefectural Government (Hyogo) established the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI).  Its mission is to pass on the experience and lessons from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (GHAE) to future generations and disseminate knowledge for disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction based on the disaster experience to Japan and the world.   In addition to gathering, preserving and exhibiting materials related to the GHAE, DRI is engaged in comprehensive and practical research activities about disaster reduction, with dedicated researchers working for the institution, while providing disaster management training to local government officers nationwide.

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Japan

Helping disaster victims find something to live for

Flea Market in Hyogo Prefecture/ peter-rabbit - Flickr Creative Commons Flea Market in Hyogo Prefecture/ peter-rabbit - Flickr Creative Commons

For disaster victims who had lost their homes and relationships with other persons due to the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (GHAE), the Hyogo Prefectural Government (Hyogo) prepared a structure for disaster victims to have some “role” to live for. These projects include production/sales of hand-made items, various learning courses, and volunteer group formation support.

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 Japan

Empowerment of community and local disaster response and management capability

Mountainside Community in Kobe / Julie Gibson - Flickr Creative Commons Mountainside Community in Kobe / Julie Gibson - Flickr Creative Commons

The Hyogo Prefectural Government (Hyogo) increased the ratio of organized community-based disaster prevention organisations (from 27.4% in 1995 to 94.9% in 2013) by providing rescue equipment to each community and encouraging communities to make use of the equipment for disaster prevention drills. In an effort to encourage the activities of disaster prevention organisations, Hyogo established a community leader development programme called the “Hyogo Disaster Management Leader Training Course.” In addition, it launched the “Hyogo Disaster Management Special Promoters System,” which is a system designed to dispatch specialists to teach disaster prevention activities to local communities.

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Japan

A structure to achieve creative reconstruction: Gender in reconstruction

[caption id="attachment_4777" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Japanese Experts Call for Gender Equality at meeting in Hyogo/ By Yuki Matsuoka Japanese Experts Call for Gender Equality at meeting in Hyogo/ By Yuki Matsuoka[/caption]

 The Hyogo Prefectural Government’s (Hyogo) reconstruction initiatives after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (GHAE) were based on the stated philosophy of male-female joint participation supported by the Hyogo Prefectural Gender Equality Promotion Center. These initiatives strove to promote female participation in the reconstruction programmes by encouraging female citizens to participate in decision-making opportunities and through relevant empowerment activities.

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Japan

Preparation and release of hazard maps

www.hazardmap.pref.hyogo.jpwww.hazardmap.pref.hyogo.jp

Hyogo Prefectural Government (Hyogo) has been preparing “Regional Disaster Prevention Information (CG Hazard Maps),” which outline potential flooding areas (due to heavy rainfall, high tide, tsunami, reservoir burst), sediment disaster prone areas and anticipated seismic intensity distribution, along with the location of evacuation centers. In addition to making this information available on its official website, Hyogo has been providing this information to municipalities so that they can deliver disaster risk and hazard information to citizens. Read more  Japan

Children of Nasau embark on a climate smart solution to combat rising sea levels

From Fiji - Solidarity pics for the Pacific Climate Warriors / 350.org From Fiji - Solidarity pics for the Pacific Climate Warriors / 350.org

“We got started in Nasau by getting the children and youths to undergo an awareness workshop at their community hall. It was from this workshop that the children themselves identified eroding waterfronts as a real concern, and came up with the idea that planting mangroves would help address the problem.” (Watisoni Lalavanua, Project Officer, Foundation of Partners in Community Development Fiji. Read more

Fiji

Triple Zero Kids Challenge

Triple Zero Kids Challenge http://kids.triplezero.gov.au Triple Zero Kids Challenge
http://kids.triplezero.gov.au

 

 

 The early acquaintance by primary school children with Australia’s Triple Zero (000) emergency call service can lead to saving lives. The “Triple Zero Kids’ Challenge”—an award-winning on-line animated safety game for primary school-aged children—is a fun way for children to learn about a serious issue. Read more

Australia

Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub

Emergency service workers prepare to rescue a woman from the roof of her car as water rushes through Toowoomba during the 2010-11 Queensland Flood / Tim Swinson (Wikimedia Commons) Emergency workers prepare to rescue a woman from the roof of her car in Toowoomba during the 2010-11 Queensland Flood / Tim Swinson - Wikimedia Commons)

The Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub is an online resource for collaborative and interactive information and knowledge sharing in the Australian emergency management sector. Read more

Australia

Sendai women participate in local disaster prevention

October 9, 2012, Emiko Okuyama, Mayor of Sendai City (© The World Bank Group, Photo by Christopher Jue)

October 9, 2012, Emiko Okuyama, Mayor of Sendai City (© The World Bank Group, Photo by Christopher Jue)

In the times of disaster, it is easy for a variety of situations to arise in which women’s human rights are violated. In the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011), consideration for women’s needs was lacking at many evacuation centres, and conditions for women were harsh. It is important for women to participate in disaster prevention from the decision-making stage for such situations to improve. For this reason, we are undertaking initiatives to promote women’s participation in disaster-prevention activities in their communities. Read more

Japan
Collaboration between vulnerable people, healthcare professionals, and researchers enhances disaster response choicesWCDRR

 

Communities that may experience airborne toxic plumes can help residents prepare to react immediately until danger has passed. “Expedient sheltering” requires reducing airflow into a safe room by employing readily available supplies. But disabled and other people with access or functional needs can have difficulty handling the normally recommended materials. Vulnerable people and researchers collaborated with healthcare professional support in this successful project to find easier-to-apply alternates. Read more

United States

Disaster resilience in multicultural Australia

Australia's Multicultural Policy, launched February 16th 2011 / Kate Lundy - http://tinyurl.com/qjo3of7

Australia's Multicultural Policy / Kate Lundy 

 

As one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) countries in the world, Australia recognises the importance of equal access to services and information for all people, regardless of their background. The Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) works to build emergency management capability to engage with multicultural communities to address their needs in relation to dealing with disasters. Read more

Australia

Emergency Management Volunteer Leadership Training Project in Australia

volunteers and Army Reserve soldiers from Queensland fill sandbags. Australian Department of Defence / Corporal (CPL) Janine Fabre Volunteers and Army Reserves from Queensland fill sandbags / Corporal (CPL) Janine Fabre

 

Volunteers are at the front line of Australia’s disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities. In 2009, the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI), in partnership with the Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Forum (AEMVF), developed a training program to meet the leadership needs of volunteers. Read more

Australia

Bank chief urges business to lend its resilience wisdom

Banking executive Adrian Hughes believes governments have a lot to learn from business in terms of the private sectors knowledge and innovation in bouncing back quickly. “We need to look at those businesses that have lasted a couple of generations and ask ourselves: ‘what are they doing and how can we learn from them’,” the Fiji-based financier said. Read more Fiji

School director pioneers safer learning for pupils

Baiboonlamphun School, in Thailand, has 1,600 pupils and a school director – Mr Pachernwaat Srichai – who is a pioneer of safe learning: “In the past it has been suggested that parents in developing economies are not as concerned about school safety as those in developed countries but that is not the case.” Read more of how Thai school is showing an important way forward under Priority Area 3. Read more Thailand

Pakistan’s first DRR Masters graduates

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The faculty of Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology Risalpur campus knew it was time to act when the 2010 floods devastated large swathes of their country directly affecting 20 million people. Read more Pakistan 

4. Vulnerability Reduction

Reconstruction after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

[caption id="attachment_4879" align="aligncenter" width="150"]After the earthquake, Kobe rebuilt itself into a modern metropolis / Robert easton - Flickr Creative Commons After the earthquake, Kobe rebuilt itself into a modern metropolis / Robert easton - Flickr Creative Commons[/caption]

In the extensively damaged areas of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (GHAE), the Hyogo Prefectural Government (Hyogo) undertook Land Readjustment Projects (13 zones) and Urban Redevelopment Projects (6 zones). Through these projects, Hyogo built wide streets to prevent fire from spreading, open public spaces for evacuation sites, and consolidated old and densely clustered houses, to rebuild more resilient local towns that are safe and convenient.

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Japan
Title Description Location

Resource and hazards mapping communities can improve local resilience to disasters

Resource and hazards mapping communities can improve local resilience to disasters (Photo: UNDP) (Photo: UNDP)

To protect development gains from natural disasters, UNDP has been working with government ministries to mainstream disaster preparedness in development planning. As a result, Nepal is now better prepared to deal with disasters than it was a few years ago. UNDP supported 68 Village Development Committees to become disaster resilient in 2013. UNDP also supported the expansion of 20 Emergency Operation Centres that are designed to be nodal points for communication and coordination. Read more

Nepal

Australian Flood Standard for the National Construction Code (NCC)

Evacuating Rosalie, Brisbane, Queensland 2011 / Rae Allen Evacuating Rosalie, Brisbane, Queensland 2011 / Rae Allen

 To improve the resilience of buildings in areas subject to flooding the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has developed performance requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC) as well a standard for ‘Construction of Buildings in Flood Hazard’. Read more

Australia

Low cost tyre-soil retaining wall landslide mitigation in Jamaica

Reinforced wall constructed entirely of used car tyres and soil in St. Georges Grenada / fishafoto - flickr Creative Commons Reinforced wall constructed entirely of used car tyres and soil / fishafoto - flickr Creative Commons

 

A partnership between the Martinique General Counsel and Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, resulted in a pilot project to reduce landslide risk in an unplanned urban community in Kingston, Jamaica. The project involved the construction of retaining walls from used tyres. The results reaffirmed the importance of regional and local partnerships as well as intersecting benefits between disaster risk reduction and environmental sustainability. Read more

Jamaica

 The Australian Business-Government Partnership on Critical Infrastructure Resilience

Evacuating Rosalie, Brisbane, Queensland 2011 / Rae Allen Evacuating Rosalie, Brisbane, Queensland 2011 / Rae Allen

The Australian Government’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) Strategy was launched on 30 June 2010. It describes the Australian Government’s approach to CIR, which is underpinned by a mostly non-regulatory business-government approach, with a focus on the continuity of essential service delivery in the face of all hazards. Read more

Australia

“When things turn to custard you need good governance”

‘When things turn to custard you need good governance’. These were the words of Roger Sutton, head of the Canterbury Earthquake Authority, who knows a thing or two about getting on top of one of the main drivers of risk: poor governance. Read here examples from opposite sides of the world – New Zealand and Scotland – on how good governance pays. Read more

New Zealand and Scotland

Developer unveils vision of cities as havens during disasters

“We promote an urban development concept that seeks to build a city to escape into rather than a city from which people run away,” says Shuichi Sano, Senior General Manager of Mori Buildings in Japan who urges public and private sector leaders to embrace his vision of cities as havens from disasters rather than urban development being a source of accumulating risk. Read more Japan

Ecuador invests heavily in DRR both politically and financially

A cost-benefit analysis of Ecuador's investment in DRR has shown that every $1 spent on prevention generated $9.5 in eventual savings. “That is a 1,000% return for the population,” said Ecuadorian Deputy Foreign Minister Leonardo Arízaga Schmegel. Read more Ecuador

Cultural heritage: a cornerstone of resilient communities

Three and a half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, local communities, the academe, and private sector have worked together to restore the “intangible” and “tangible” cultural heritage in the affected areas, as an important component of recovery. Read more Japan

Chile disability project wins 2014 Risk Award

The Chilean NGO Inclusiva won the 2014 Risk Award for its efforts to remove architectural, cultural and technological barriers for people living with disabilities in the town of Peňaflor. Following the 2010 earthquake, Inclusiva is working a quiet revolution in attitudes and behaviors which it wants to expand to the rest of Chile and Latin America. Read more Chile

5. Disaster Preparedness

Title Description Location

Build Back Better・Safe Utilities・Sewage Works

[caption id="attachment_4900" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Transformer on utility pole, in Sendai Japan / Tomoyuki Kawashima - Flickr Creative Commons Transformer on utility pole, in Sendai Japan / Tomoyuki Kawashima - Flickr Creative Commons[/caption]

Amidst the catastrophic damage suffered by sewage treatment facilities in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, we were able to prevent the sewage from 700,000 people from overflowing in the city, maintain a hygienic environment, and accomplish a quick recovery. Additionally, in the process of recovery we are implementing projects to reduce disaster risk and the burden on the environment.

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Japan

Preventative measures for disaster waste management and rapid recovery through public-private collaboration

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 Based on the Sendai City Guidelines for Management of Disaster-Generated Waste (hereafter referred to as the “Guidelines”) developed in 2007, before the Great East Japan Earthquake, Sendai City processed the waste generated by the disaster in close collaboration with local businesses. The city accomplished its initial goal of “complete removal within a year and complete disposal within three years,” and achieved rapid recovery in the disaster-affected areas. 

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Japan 

Australia’s National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

Resilient Australia Awards, 5 December 2013, Kate Riddell, Jemima Richards/EM Knowledge Hub Resilient Australia Awards, 5 December 2013, Kate Riddell, Jemima Richards/EM Knowledge Hub

 Australia’s National Strategy for Disaster Resilience supports a whole-of-nation, resilience-based approach to disaster management. It recognises that a national, coordinated and cooperative effort is needed to enhance Australia’s capacity to prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters. Read more

Australia

An early warning gave hospital time to prepare for super typhoon Haiyan

All Hands Volunteers put up ceilings on a hospital in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan / Project Leyte: Typhoon Haiyan Response All Hands Volunteers put up ceilings on a hospital in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan / Project Leyte: Typhoon Haiyan Response

The Sara District Hospital, located 95 kilometers north from Iloilo City in the Philippines, was one of the many health facilities severely damaged by typhoon Haiyan. At the mercy of the winds, the building lost a large portion of its roof, while being occupied with a number of patients. Thanks to the experienced staff who had attended Asian Disaster Preparedness Center Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) training, the hospital was able to mitigate the impacts of the devastating disaster. The facility also benefitted from the early warning about the arriving storm a few days prior to the forecasted landfall of Haiyan. Read more

Philippines

A model of preparedness for communities and individuals

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 World Animal Protection’s response to Typhoon Haiyan (2013) encompassed three core elements: meeting immediate needs; building veterinarian capacity within community preparedness plans; and developing typhoon-resistant farm models. These are presented in a short video available on http://youtu.be/72d8cjhItJERead more Philippines

Australia’s telephone based National Emergency Warning System, “Emergency Alert”

Blake Patterson - Flickr Creative Commons http://tinyurl.com/pqhmw4o Blake Patterson - Flickr Creative Commons
http://tinyurl.com/pqhmw4o

 

 

Australia has successfully implemented a telephone based community warning system that enables its emergency services in any life-threatening situation to send warning messages by fixed line and mobile telephones to the public in the affected area. The system is the only one in the world that is fully inclusive. Everyone with access to a telephone in Australia, whether at home, travelling or an international visitor roaming on Australia’s mobile phone networks has the capability as standard to receive a location based warning. Read more

Australia

Indonesia Scenario Assessment for Emergencies (InaSAFE)

InaSAFE - Indonesia Scenario Assessment for Emergencies / www.aifdr.org InaSAFE - Indonesia Scenario Assessment for Emergencies / www.aifdr.org

InaSAFE is a free and open source software that produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response activities. It provides a simple but rigorous way to combine data from scientists, local governments and communities to provide insights into the likely impacts of future disaster events. Read more

Indonesia

'This bridge has been destroyed six times so now we build it higher and stronger'

“This bridge has been destroyed six times in recent years from various floods so this time we are building it higher and stronger,” Fiji’s Western Commissioner Mr Joeli Cawaki said as he explained how future preparedness will be more explicitly community led. Read more Fiji

Cities campaign helps reduce cyclone losses

Cyclone Phalin in Odisha, India, in October 2013 caused USD700 million worth of direct losses. This figure would have been much higher but for the strong record of disaster preparedness the state has shown over the past 10 or so years. Read how Dr Piyush Ranjan Rout credits the inspiration of UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign for helping avoid an even worse outcome. Read more India

Community-based disaster preparedness leads to zero casualty

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, the municipality of San Francisco in Cebu province, Philippines, did not lose a single life. This achievement has been attributed to the “purok” system established long before the super storm struck, as part of the town’s overall disaster preparedness strategy. Read more Philippines