World Resources: Natural Disaster Risk Management

Introduction: Why engineers share resources for natural disaster risk management and resilience


Introduction: Why engineers share resources for natural disaster risk management and resilience

 

The increasing trend in the number and severity of natural disasters, including earthquake and tsunami as well as those related to meteorological events such as flood and cyclones as a result of climate change, has increased the level of devastation and loss to people all around the world. The application of sound principles of natural disaster risk management is therefore becoming increasingly important around the world.

 

Engineers have a role in developing practical solutions to manage the risks of natural disasters.

 



About: Sub-Committee for Capacity Building for Natural Disaster Risk Management


About: Sub-Committee for Capacity Building for Natural Disaster Risk Management

 

The WFEO - CDRM Sub-Committee for Capacity Building for Natural Disaster Risk Management (CBNDRM) has been set up to share information and resources with all interested engineers at no cost.

 

The members of the Sub-Committee are based around the world and contribute resources on good practices from their country or region.

 

The Sub-Committee is unique in its ability to draw on such international expertise and collate the information in an effective manner for the use of other engineers around the world.

 

Such capacity building is essential especially for developing countries as:

 

• Natural disaster events are relatively rare events in a particular country, sometimes having return periods of thousands of years. It is important for young engineers in particular to learn from the experience of others around the world so that they can understand the natural disaster risks in their own environments.

 

• There is an important relationship between sustainable economic development and effective disaster risk management;

 

• Effective disaster risk management involves the application of engineering principles and practices which will result in enhance the lives of millions of people. This technology transfer will have significant positive humanitarian outcomes.

 

It is anticipated that the resources on this web site will:

 

• Provide information and support to practitioners around the world, especially developing countries, to develop disaster risk management practices and programs appropriate to their social and economic needs;

 

• Offer insights into the important relationship between sustainable economic development and effective disaster risk management;

 

• Government governance frameworks;

 

• Implementation of non-structural measures (e.g. Land use planning);

 

• Tools for natural hazard awareness and disaster risk reduction awareness (e.g. Natural hazard risk modelling, early warning systems);

 

• Implementation of natural hazard emergency readiness and response plans;

 

• Natural hazard risk communication strategies;

 

• Natural disaster risk financing;

 

• Natural disaster awareness education.

 

The Sub-Committee welcomes feedback on the resources provided and contributions of resources from interested experts in the fields listed above.

 

The committee may be contacted at: info@wfeo.org

 

Dr. Marlene Kanga FIEAust CPEng FIPENZ

 

Past Chair WFEO - CDRM Sub-Committee for Capacity Building for Natural Disaster Risk Management

 



Supporter: Liberty International Underwriters


Supporter: Liberty International Underwriters

 

Liberty International Underwriters - Protecting and Preserving.

 

Liberty International Underwriters (LIU) is part of Liberty Mutual Insurance's global specialty unit and provides a diverse range of specialty insurance products distributed exclusively through the independent broker network.. Liberty Mutual Insurance is the third-largest U.S. based international property and casualty insurer and a Fortune 100 company, based on 2013 direct premium written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

 

Liberty Mutual Insurance helps preserve and protect the things people earn and own and build and cherish.

 

The support from Liberty International Underwriters to build capacity in natural disaster risk management is consistent with this vision. It is anticipated that the resources and tools provided in the web site will help engineers around the world to develop solutions for their communities and help people become resilient to natural disasters, thereby protecting and preserving people and the things they own, build and cherish.

 

www.liuaustralia.com.au

 


 

Resources




A comprehensive list of resources including risk communication to pre-schoolers and school age children, and the hearing and vision impaired.

  www.getthru.govt.nz

Information(s): Communication
Hazard(s): Earthquake, Flood, Landslip, Other, Storm surge, Tsunami
Region(s): Oceania
Country(ies): New Zealand




50 percent of children killed in earthquakes are in school when the event occurs. Teachers Without Borders and USGS have initiated a project to include 100,000 girls in earthquake science and education for seismically-vulnerable regions of the world in Asia and Africa.

  www.scribd.com/doc/145558810/Global-Science-and-Safety-Initiative-for-Girls-Brochure

Information(s): Communication
Hazard(s): Earthquake
Region(s): International
Country(ies):




An interesting talk on earthquake risk for the lay man, including the risks and consequences of a major event.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg4kSIgn67I

Information(s): Communication
Hazard(s): Earthquake
Region(s): International
Country(ies):




Ongoing monitoring and reports from the experts at the New Zealand Institute of Geological Sciences to enable communities to prepared for and respond to a natural disaster.

  www.geonet.org.nz

Information(s): Communication
Hazard(s): Earthquake
Region(s): Oceania
Country(ies): New Zealand




This site provides comprehensive advice to the community on planning for a range of natural disasters.

  www.ready.gov/be-informed

Information(s): Communication
Hazard(s): Bush fire, Cyclone, Earthquake, Flood, Landslip, Other, Storm surge, Tsunami
Region(s): International
Country(ies):




The lessons learnt following the Canterbury earthquakes have resulted in comprehensive information on damage to roads, bridges, structures, water supply and waste water networks, wells and bores and flood control schemes. This engineering information is shared on the following website:

  www.resilience.org.nz

Information(s): General
Hazard(s): Earthquake
Region(s): Oceania
Country(ies): New Zealand




The New Zealand government national strategy for managing natural disaster including allocation of responsibilities to local and central government and utility and lifeline owners.

  www.civildefence.govt.nz/cdem-sector/

Information(s): Governance
Hazard(s): Bush fire, Cyclone, Earthquake, Flood, Landslip, Other, Storm surge, Tsunami
Region(s): Oceania
Country(ies): New Zealand




The United States government national strategy for managing natural disasters

  www.fema.gov/national-disaster-recovery-framework

Information(s): Governance
Hazard(s): Bush fire, Cyclone, Earthquake, Flood, Landslip, Other, Storm surge, Tsunami
Region(s): North America
Country(ies): United States




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