Hiroshima government developed a multilingual app to provide users with the fastest route to an evacuation center during a disaster.
posted on Oct 29, 2019 7:00 am
Schools, teachers, and pupils are in the firing line as jihadist violence escalates and almost half a million people flee their homes.
posted on Oct 23, 2019 9:22 pm
By Nicholas RamosBrussels, 17 October 2019 - European countries have moved a step closer to aligning their civil protection agendas with implementation of the global plan to reduce disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Experts from 31 of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UPCM) participating countries met last month for the first time with their National Sendai Framework counterparts in Brussels to identify how they can improve collaboration to achieve Sendai Framework targets including meeting the 2020 deadline to have national and local strategies in place. Civil protection assistance usually consists of governmental aid delivered in the immediate aftermath of a disaster but assistance made available through the Union Mechanism can also include advice and support to a requesting country on prevention and preparedness measures thus enhancing international cooperation, another key target of the Sendai Framework. “One of the main goals of establishing our DRR plan has been to fulfill the Sendai Framework requirements. We adopted 101 different measures: the majority of them focusing on engaging citizens in risk and disaster preparedness,” said Carlos Lucio Mendes from the Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection (ANPC). Hosted by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), this first joint meeting focused on reinforcing complementarity between the EU and UN frameworks on disaster risk reduction. Developing and implementing disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies under the Sendai Framework is intrinsically linked to the EU-legislated need for countries to carry out risk assessments, risk management capability assessments and disaster risk management plans. Participants discussed the development and implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies and disaster risk management plans at the local level and the critical role of coordinating governance structures such as National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction. The European Union encourages more coordination across sectors and stakeholders, working to increase the sharing of best practice in disaster risk reduction. One of the main priorities of the Sendai Framework is the need for improved risk governance, through established and active National Platforms which have assisted in the delivery of several EU legislative requirements in the field of disaster risk management. Beyond activity implementation, understanding progress through regular monitoring is critical. An exploratory exercise by the European Commission and UNDRR demonstrated which global Sendai targets and monitoring indicators may be directly or indirectly linked to a wealth of EU legislation including policies and instruments in civil protection, climate and environment, to infrastructure, agriculture, security and research. The participants were from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Finland, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Malta, Norway, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, and UK. The meeting also announced that the 2020 European Civil Protection Forum will take place in Brussels next October, and the 2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) will take place in Portugal (dates to be announced).
posted on Oct 17, 2019 6:00 am
At 8 a.m. at the Hong Kong Observatory : Air temperature : 25 degrees Celsius Relative Humidity : 77 per cent During the past hour the mean UV Index recorded at King's Park : 0.3 Intensity of UV radiation : low The air temperatures at other places were: Hong Kong Observatory25 degrees ; King's Park25 degrees ; Wong Chuk Hang25 degrees ; Ta Kwu Ling24 degrees ; Lau Fau Shan24 degrees ; Tai Po24 degrees ; Sha Tin25 degrees ; Tuen Mun25 degrees ; Tseung Kwan O24 degrees ; Sai Kung25 degrees ; Cheung Chau24 degrees ; Chek Lap Kok26 degrees ; Tsing Yi25 degrees ; Shek Kong24 degrees ; Tsuen Wan Ho Koon22 degrees ; Tsuen Wan Shing Mun Valley24 degrees ; Hong Kong Park25 degrees ; Shau Kei Wan26 degrees ; Kowloon City25 degrees ; Happy Valley25 degrees ; Wong Tai Sin25 degrees ; Stanley25 degrees ; Kwun Tong25 degrees ; Sham Shui Po25 degrees ; Kai Tak Runway Park25 degrees ; Yuen Long Park25 degrees ; Tai Mei Tuk24 degrees .
posted on Oct 24, 2019 8:02 am