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China + 5 others
International experiences and suggestions on post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction

A. Purpose of the note

Asian Development Bank:

© Asian Development Bank

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World + 9 others
Cooperation in disaster management: the European Union and the United States take a major step forward

Reference: IP/11/1365

Brussels, 17 November 2011 - Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and W. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, met today in Brussels to discuss the priorities for cooperation between the European Commission and FEMA in disaster management and emergency response.

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Rebirth on the Bayou - Lessons from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

Hurricane Katrina is the costliest disaster in U.S. history and among the three costliest in the world ever. And as Hurricane Irene reminds us, the potential for a recurrence is not hard to imagine. As such, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast stand as a lesson about what it takes to rebuild after a major catastrophe.

Unfortunately, the demand for such learning seems to only grow. In the past few years, we have seen a steady torrent of disasters worldwide—Haiti, Christchurch, Sichuan China, Japan—and the tornadoes that recently ripped through Joplin and the South.

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Haiti + 2 others
Rebuilding a City: The Dos and Don’ts in Post-Disaster Urban Recovery

Population growth, urbanization and climate change expose increasing numbers of people to natural hazards in urban areas. From New Orleans in 2005 to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010, recent urban disasters in developing and developed countries have drawn attention to challenges in post-disaster reconstruction of urban areas.

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World + 8 others
International Conference on Flood Management includes special session on Mega-Disasters

Flood-related disasters this year in Australia, Colombia, Indonesia, Japan, Sri Lanka and the United States of America – to name but a few – have yet again highlighted that all nations are susceptible to the damaging effects of major storms and flood events. Population growth, urban development and environmental degradation in coastal areas, combined with the impacts of climate change, are expected to increase the risks.

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World + 8 others
La Conférence internationale sur la gestion des crues comprend une session spéciale sur les méga-catastrophes

Cette année, les catastrophes liées aux crues en Australie, Colombie, Indonésie, Japon, Sri Lanka et aux États-Unis – pour n’en citer que quelques-unes – ont à nouveau démontré que toutes les nations sont exposées aux effets dévastateurs des fortes tempêtes et des crues. La croissance démographique, l'urbanisation et la dégradation de l'environnement dans les zones côtières associées aux incidences du changement climatique devraient encore accroître les risques.

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Libya + 3 others
TEAM News - Summer 2011

Legacy of Care - 20 years of Medical Training in Emerging Nations

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Japan + 2 others
Natural Disaster Response in Japan and Fiji

Elizabeth Ferris, Co-Director, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

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World + 4 others
Disaster through a different lens: behind every effect, there is a cause

Behind every effect, there is a cause:

This manual for the media - compiled by journalists and disaster experts who understand that disaster risk reduction is a civic duty, government responsibility, national obligation and a good story - is for reporters and broadcasters who want to know more about those urgent, terrifying and all-too-often tragic moments when the fabric of national and civic government encounters the forces of nature.

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Algeria + 18 others
Five Feet High and Rising: Cities and Flooding in the 21st Century

Report
World Bank

Abstract

Urban flooding is an increasingly important issue. Disaster statistics appear to show flood events are becoming more frequent, with medium-scale events increasing fastest. The impact of flooding is driven by a combination of natural and human-induced factors.

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Colombia + 5 others
Using disaster data to monitor disaster-induced displacement

I. Disasters and Displacement in the context of climate change

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Chile + 14 others
Haiti: What we build - Annual Report FY2010 July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

(Extract)

What we build: So much more than houses

Building and repairing homes has always been our identity. In fact, we are very grateful to all those who helped Habitat for Humanity serve almost 75,000 families worldwide last year-almost triple the number of five years ago. But the heart of Habitat is not bricks and sticks. It is the desire to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by reaching out to help those in need of a better place to live. When we ask, "What will you build?" there are so many answers, because we build so much more than houses.

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USA: FEMA Monthy Update: The End Of The Year Doesn't Mean The End Of Hurricane Katrina Recovery

Release Date: December 30, 2010

Release Number: 1604-750

» More Information on Mississippi Hurricane Katrina

» 2010 Region IV News Releases

BILOXI, Miss. -- This year is almost over, and it's been more than five years since Hurricane Katrina left widespread destruction along the Mississippi Coast but rebuilding and recovery will continue in 2011.

The state has rebuilt stronger with funding

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USA: Katrina & Rita - Five Years Later 2005-2010

Hope can only move on Disaster is a starting point. It's the beginning of a story about recovery, about resilience, about reclaiming inch by inch what was destroyed in an instant.

Five years ago, on Aug. 29, Hurricane Katrina roared onto the U.S. Gulf Coast, launching a chain of natural and man-made catastrophes that killed more than 1,800 people and did $135 billion in property damages. More than 1 million people were displaced from their homes and livelihoods, setting in motion one of the largest mass migrations in the nation's history.

Less than a month after Katrina, Category

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Red Cross Launches Disaster Relief Fundraising Drive

"Click, text or call" to support disaster readiness, relief and recovery across the U.S.

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - The American Red Cross has launched a new fundraising drive in anticipation of a very active hurricane season that could be made even worse by the Gulf Coast oil spill.

"We are worried about predictions of a severe hurricane season and the possibility that people will need to evacuate their homes for longer periods of time, given the oil in the Gulf," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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Haiti + 1 other
New Orleans at the ready to help Haiti rebuild

Five years after Katrina devastated their city, New Orleanians are putting their knowledge and experience to use in Haiti.

Marie Jose Poux is a hospice nurse in New Orleans, but she was born in Haiti. Ms. Poux was in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12 when the earthquake struck, and she spent the next two weeks lending what help she could to the ravaged city.

"My soul is not here [in New Orleans]. It remains doing what I was doing in Haiti," says Poux, who runs a charity, Hope for Haitian Children, from her home in New Orleans' Treme

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USA: CWS 2010 HURRICANE KATRINA APPEAL

Appeal #627-K

Appeal amount: $100,000

Jan. 28, 2010

SITUATION

Even nearly 5 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore and forever changed lives, the people of the U.S. Gulf Coast continue to rebuild. Many remain displaced from their homes, fighting battles with insurance companies over claims, or still waiting for government assistance. In the meantime, many affected are strained by a sour economy, the loss of work from the storm and the strain, in some cases, of paying a rent in a temporary home and a mortgage for a house under repair.

CWS RESPONSE

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India + 5 others
Coping with crisis, Newsletter No. IV, 2009

Editorial

In a new decade, humanitarian actors are facing immense challenges. The number of people affected by climate disasters will continue to rise, having a huge impact on migration and livelihoods of millions of people, as was reported in our latest issue of Coping with Crisis.

Furthermore, as of 2008, 16 major armed conflicts were active in 15 locations around the world, an increase from the year earlier. The Red Cross Red Crescent will be called upon to meet the challenges of a new decade, and in our efforts lie an opportunity for improved humanitarian action.

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China + 15 others
Facts and figures - climate change

Adovocacy Tool Kit

Overall situation

- In the past 100 years, the global average temperature has risen by about 0.74 degrees Celsius.

- The rate of change accelerated over the course of the 20th Century.

- Projections in temperature rise for the 21st century range from 2 to 4 degrees Celsius.

- It is very likely that this temperature rise is mainly caused by the emission of what are known as greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (C02) and methane. They are increasing, mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels including coal, gas and oil, deforestation,

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Factbox - Obama to survey New Orleans hurricane recovery

Oct 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama visits New Orleans for the first time as U.S. president on Thursday to review federal efforts to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

The Bush administration was criticized for its slow, botched response to Katrina, which flooded 80 percent of the city and killed 1,500 people. Obama vowed in February to prevent a repeat of Bush's "failures" and promised a stepped-up commitment to rebuilding efforts.

Here are some key facts and figures about New Orleans' recovery:

- New Orleans was America's fastest-growing

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