On 22 Aug 2011, the Haitian Government issued a red alert ahead of Hurricane Irene, with heavy downpours, violent winds, floods and landslides particularly expected in the North, Centre and Artibonite regions.
On 28 Aug, President Obama declared major disaster for Puerto Rico (FEMA, 28 Aug 2001).
The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) later reported localized damage but no major losses in six of its member countries (Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Haiti, St. Kitts & Nevis and the Turks & Caicos Islands) (CCRIF, 29 Aug 2011).
The northeastern US states of New York and Vermont eventually battled record flooding and the death toll in the country climbed above 30 (AFP, 29 Aug 2011).
In the Dominican Republic, more than 37,740 people had to be evacuated (REDLAC, 30 Aug 2011).
This report, The Year of Recurring Disasters: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2012, examines four topics: disasters in 2012, with a focus on recurring disasters (Chapter 1); the role of regional organizations in disaster risk management (Chapter 2); wildfires (Chapter 3); and the important role of women in disaster risk management (Chapter 4). Here are some of the highlights from this year’s review:
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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
This report, for the period 1 December 2011 – 29 February 2012, is the third quarterly report in the 2011/2012 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this quarter towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2009/2010 – 2011/2012. In providing this progress update, this quarterly report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.
Summary: CHF 71,014 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 31 August 2011 to support the Bahamas Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 1,000 beneficiaries affected by Hurricane Irene.
Release Number: 4017-057
SAN JUAN, PR -- More than $83.9 million in grants for disaster aid has been approved to Puerto Rico to continue recovering from the heavy rains, flooding, landslides and mudslides left by Hurricane Irene, Government of Puerto Rico and federal officials announced today.
After seven months, disaster assistance provided includes:
La Unión Europea (UE) desembolsará este año unos 73 millones de euros para la ejecución de proyectos y programas de desarrollo en la República Dominicana, iniciativas que beneficiarán principalmente a la región fronteriza con Haití.
La información en ese sentido la ofreció Andris Piebalgs, comisario de la UE en materia de desarrollo, al término de una reunión de trabajo que sostuvo con el presidente Leonel Fernández, encuentro en el que también participó Domingo Jiménez, Ordenador Nacional para los Fondos Europeos de Desarrollo (ONFED).
Cifras preliminares para 2011 muestran una disminución en la ocurrencia de desastres naturales y su impacto en América, en comparación a la última década, sin embargo, América sufrió graves desastres en 2011.
SAN JUAN, PR -- The recovery operation lead by the Government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has resulted in the disbursal of more than $26.1 million in disaster aid for Public Assistance (PA). As of today, 907 infrastructure projects have been approved for designated municipalities.
"Local governments are working as fast as they can to fix their infrastructure and we want to ensure that they receive adequate support from our agency," said Justo Hernández, Federal Coordinating Officer.
2011 has been a year of transition for Haiti. Humanitarian aid and the commitment of NGOs in Haiti continued all along the last 12 months, but the 12 January 2010 earthquake has left deep marks on the country. On top of these scars, new strains occurred with the cholera epidemic as soon as October 2010, and the phase of political transition, which ended with the election and swearing in of a new President of the Republic.
The Medair shelter programme has now provided safer housing to almost 20,000 people and been a source of hope to families across the Sud-Est district.
On 12 January 2010, Haiti experienced one of the worst natural disasters of all time. The earthquake devastated the nation, choking cities under rubble and leaving more than 200,000 dead and 1.5 million without adequate shelter.
Two years after Haiti’s worst earthquake in two centuries devastated the country, the Red Cross is still helping Haitians recover.
The earthquake hit the capital Port-au-Prince and nearby areas on 12 January 2010, killing over 200,000 people and displacing around 1.5 million people.
The Red Cross immediately provided emergency healthcare, shelter, relief items and water and sanitation. And, over the following two years, we have built shelters, improved mass sanitation, given financial support to households and put families back in touch with each other.
Following one of the most challenging and dramatic years for Latin America and the Caribbean in the area of disaster response and public health, 2011 appeared with a sigh of relief, allowing time to reinforce essential, ongoing recovery and response actions as well as look towards the future of disaster management in the Region.
Stamford, Conn., Dec. 27, 2011 – AmeriCares has awarded more than $600,000 in disaster recovery grants to 12 nonprofit organizations in seven states. AmeriCares launched the grant program in August to assist disaster survivors rebounding from massive flooding and one of the worst tornado seasons on record. The program provides grants of up to $100,000 for health-related recovery projects that improve medical care for the uninsured, mental health services, psychosocial support and case management, as well as disaster preparedness.
The awards include:
BURLINGTON, Vt. – As towns rebuild infrastructure battered by Tropical Storm Irene, state and federal officials are reminding them that funding is available to make repairs that are better able to withstand future disasters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will help pay to make repairs that improve the ability of damaged infrastructure to weather the next flood, for example, putting in a larger culvert to replace one that was washed out.
Irene the first hurricane to hit U.S. in three years; Northeast reminded it’s also vulnerable
November 28, 2011
The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Wednesday, having produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. This level of activity matched NOAA’s predictions and continues the trend of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995.
The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, includ-ing droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. At times, El Niño meteorological events and poor land use management exacerbate the effects of potential hazards. Several countries in the re-gion also remain vulnerable to civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2011, USAID’s Office of U.S.
Existe evidencia científica que confirma que el cambio climático ha incrementado la intensidad de las tormentas tropicales y sus efectos sobre la elevación de la temperatura atmosférica y de la superficie del mar. Si este comportamiento continúa agudizándose, en las próximas décadas, los países de la región - particularmente América Central, la Región Andina y el Caribe, estarán expuestas a precipitaciones más fuertes y sequías más severas.
El director ejecutivo del Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INDRHI), Frank Rodríguez, informó que los embalses que fueron operados con base en el manual de la temporada de huracanes iniciaron su recuperación este miércoles, de cara a garantizar agua en el período de sequía que inicia en diciembre y que se extiende hasta los primeros meses del año.