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27 Jun 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

PARIS, 27 June 2017 – Early warning technology is vital to save lives if a tsunami strikes, but public awareness of how to react is the critical factor, according to experts at an international meeting.

“Exposed communities need tsunami literacy,” Mr. Andi Eka Sakya of Indonesia’s BMKG Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency told the assembly of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).

16 Jun 2017 description
report Government of Peru

10:30. Lima, jun. 16. Gracias a un proyecto ejecutado por Predes y Oxfam, diferentes municipios de Lima Metropolitana desarrollarán protocolos de actuación para afrontar la escasez de agua, saneamiento e higiene en situaciones de emergencia como un sismo de magnitud o un terremoto.

Voceros del Centro de Estudios y Prevención de Desastres (Predes) y Oxfam indicaron que, en el marco del proyecto, será necesario conformar equipos de asesoramientos a los distritos para la formulación de sus protocolos, seguimiento y asesoramiento.

15 Jun 2017 description
report Government of Peru

Durante taller se realizará simulacro de sismo

11:39. Lima, jun. 15. El Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Capacitación de Telecomunicaciones (Inictel) de la Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI) organiza un taller regional en Pisco, región Ica, donde mostrará los beneficios del uso de las tecnologías para mitigar el impacto de los sismo y tsunami.

14 Jun 2017 description

New IDB study estimates potential impact on cities and people in low-elevation coastal zones

BELIZE CITY, Belize – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.

12 Jun 2017 description

The two Samoas are trying to work out an agreement to address their divergence in tsunami warning systems.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

02 Jun 2017 description

Mati City, Davao Oriental, Philippines, 30 May 2017

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) is conducting a series of 1-day seminar-workshops on Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness for Local Government Units (LGUs) and Barangay Officials of Davao Oriental. The seminar-workshop will be held on May 30, 31, and June 1, 2017 at Honey’s Hotel and Restaurant, Mati City.

31 May 2017 description
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The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre has produced first flagship science report "Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less".

This report is the result of the multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary networking process and represents the combined effort of more than two hundred, mostly European, experts. It will support the integration of science into informed decision making through synthesizing and translating evidence for disaster risk management and strengthening the science-policy and science-operation interface.

08 May 2017 description

New guidance supports Integrated Flood Management

A new guidance document has been developed to support the design of well-balanced strategies for Integrated Flood Management. Floods are the most common natural disaster with the largest impacts on society.

03 Apr 2017 description

In support of CARIBE WAVE 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Barbados facilitated an office tsunami evacuation exercise on March 23, 2017, for the United Nations (UN) House and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/ World Health Organization (WHO).   This exercise was executed to highlight the importance of tsunami preparedness and to equip United Nations personnel with the knowledge of what to do in the event of a tsunami warning.

02 Apr 2017 description
report World Bank

Collaboration on catastrophe risk insurance for cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis

SUVA, FIJI, March 31, 2017 — Pacific Island countries will have better access to catastrophe insurance to reduce financial impacts in the aftermath of natural disasters, including major cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis, as a result of a new regional disaster risk finance project launched today in Fiji.

27 Mar 2017 description

UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) coordinates workshops on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and mechanisms of coordination between scientific and natural disaster response agencies to build more resilient communities in the Caribbean.

23 Mar 2017 description

By Yuki Matsuoka

SENDAI, Japan, 23 March 2017 – Schoolchildren and businesses in Japan are working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year blueprint adopted at a UN conference in their country in 2015.

22 Mar 2017 description

Over 7,000 persons moved to tsunami safe locations today as part of the annual earthquake and tsunami simulation exercise – ‘CARIBE WAVE 17’.

This year’s figure sets a new record for the Territory, since participation in the regional exercise began in 2009.

CARIBE WAVE 17 provided an opportunity for the Territory to improve its tsunami warning system’s effectiveness and awareness by testing contingency plans, and promoting tsunami preparedness for critical entities.