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March’s major natural disasters roundup
Windstorms and cyclones are the theme of the month.
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•Date: 13th April 2015 • World •Type: Article • Topic:: DR general

Toyota enhances its business continuity management system through disaster aid agreement
Tahara City and Toyota Motor Corporation have signed an agreement to strengthen coordination of disaster aid activities. The agreement forms part of Toyota's ongoing commitment to working with local stakeholders to create disaster-resilient communities.
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•Date: 1st April 2015 • Japan •Type: Article • Topic:: DR general

Economic losses from disasters likely to remain at present levels for the foreseeable future
Preliminary results of a catastrophe modelling study presented at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction show little prospect of reducing economic losses from present levels of $240 billion per year.
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•Date: 24th March 2015 • World •Type: Article

UN relief agencies ramp up support to cyclone-hit Vanuatu
Amid reports that Cyclone Pam has impacted at least half the population of Vanuatu, the country's President, attending a United Nations conference under way in Japan aiming to reduce disaster risk, appealed for international support in anticipation of large-scale needs.
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•Date: 16th March 2015 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article

February’s major natural disasters roundup
Winter storms and flooding were the themes around the world in February.
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•Date: 10th March 2015 • World •Type: Article

January’s major natural disasters roundup
Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during January 2015.
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•Date: 16th February 2015 • World •Type: Article

A roundup of 2014’s natural disasters
Impact Forecasting has published its Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during 2014.
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•Date: 14th January 2015 • US •Type: Article

Total economic losses from disaster events in 2014 reached USD 113 billion worldwide
Down from USD 135 billion in 2013.
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•Date: 6th January 2015 • World •Type: Article

November’s major natural disasters roundup
Impact Forecasting has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews the natural disasters that occurred worldwide during November 2014.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • World •Type: Article

October’s major natural disasters roundup
Cyclone Hudhud was the month’s most destructive event.
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•Date: 10th November 2014 • World •Type: Article

Culture must be considered in approaches to disaster risk reduction
The 2014 World Disasters Report has been published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • World •Type: Article

Hurricane Sandy remembered
As we pass the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Paul Kirvan FBCI reflects on his experience of the storm.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • US •Type: Article

September’s major natural disasters roundup
Flooding was the theme of the month.
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•Date: 14th October 2014 • World •Type: Article

US experts meet to discuss resilience best practices
With the two year anniversary of Sandy nearing, over 350 leading environmentalists, policy makers, scientists, and insurance industry experts gathered in Stamford, CT last week for the Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum to assess the lessons learned from the second costliest storm in US history and to examine best practices for mitigating and adapting to severe weather in the future.
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•Date: 14th October 2014 • US •Type: Article

The winners of the Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge announced
Software developers from around the world have been recognized at the UN Climate Summit for their ingenuity in devising life-saving apps for use in reducing the impact of extreme weather events on cities and coastal communities.
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•Date: 24th September 2014 • World •Type: Article

US HUD launches $1 billion disaster resilience competition
The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events.
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•Date: 18th September 2014 • US •Type: Article

August's natural disasters roundup
Earthquakes were the cause of the month’s most costly disasters.
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•Date: 9th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Small Island Developing States agree disaster risk support measures
Agreements around disaster risk prevention, management and support are included in the outcomes of the recent United Nations’ four-day International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa.
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•Date: 8th September 2014 • World •Type: Article

Disaster-prone APEC economies step up risk-reduction and business continuity promotion
The creation of a regional network of Crisis Management Centres and building global supply chain resilience will also be prioritised.
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•Date: 19th August 2014 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article

Japan to assist with disaster risk reduction training in Latin America and the Caribbean
Information sharing agreement signed.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • S.America •Type: Article

July’s major natural disasters roundup
Rammasun becomes costliest weather event of 2014 after causing $6.5bn Asia loss.
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•Date: 12th August 2014 • World •Type: Article

NOAA updates Atlantic hurricane season outlook
There is an increased chance of a below-normal season.
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•Date: 12th August 2014 • US •Type: Article

June’s major natural disasters roundup
Convective weather impacts are the theme of the month.
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•Date: 8th July 2014 • World •Type: Article

Achieving resilience to disasters: EU must do more
The Committee of the Regions has stated that the European Union must take far more concrete steps to build resilience against natural disasters, placing local and regional authorities at the centre of its plans.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article

NIST to establish a new disaster resilience Center of Excellence
Officials at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced plans to establish a new research Center of Excellence to work with academia and industry on disaster resilience.
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•Date: 17th June 2014 • US •Type: Article

Severe weather is a major cause of downtime for US-based companies
Nearly half of businesses have closed temporarily due to weather-related problems in the past six months.
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•Date: 17th June 2014 • US •Type: Article

May’s major natural disasters roundup
Severe weather was the main cause of economic losses during May 2014.
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•Date: 10th June 2014 • World •Type: Article

NOAA issues hurricane season forecasts
Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific should see near-normal or above-normal hurricane seasons; near-normal or below-normal for Atlantic.
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•Date: 27th May 2014 • US •Type: Article

SBA presents the 2014 Phoenix Awards
Awards highlight outstanding disaster recovery efforts.
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•Date: 26th May 2014 • US •Type: Article

African natural disaster insurance pool launched
The first ever African catastrophe insurance pool has been launched by the African Risk Capacity (ARC), a specialised agency set-up by the African Union.
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•Date: 16th May 2014 • Africa •Type: Article

April’s major natural disasters roundup
Convective weather was the cause of the greatest financial impacts in April.
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•Date: 8th May 2014 • World •Type: Article

US government reports on climate change risks
The Obama Administration has published the third US National Climate Assessment, providing the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the US economy.
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•Date: 7th May 2014 • US •Type: Article

‘Lessons from Sandy: Federal Policies to Build Climate-Resilient Coastal Regions’
A report released by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recommends a new federal framework for disaster recovery that will make US coastal regions more resilient in the decades ahead, saving billions in the process.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 •US •Type: Article

Inquiry launched into Australia’s natural disaster funding arrangements
The Australian government has announced that the Productivity Commission will conduct an inquiry into natural disaster funding arrangements in the country.
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•Date: 30th April 2014 • Australia •Type: Article

Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery progress report published
The de Blasio administration has released a comprehensive diagnostic report on New York’s response to Hurricane Sandy.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • US •Type: Article

March major natural disasters roundup
Global economy endures near $20bn loss from Q1 natural hazards.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • World •Type: Article

February major natural disasters roundup
Winter storms were the theme of the month.
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•Date: 7th March 2014 • World •Type: Article

UK government gives an update on flood response and recovery
In a written statement to Parliament The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP has provided an update on flood response and recovery resources which are available to businesses and communities.
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•Date: 25th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Local Government Association launches UK flooding resilience and response information resource
The Local Government Association has collated a number of flooding resilience resources to provide UK councils, businesses and communities with information and updates relating to flood resilience and response.
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•Date: 12th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article

January 2014 major natural disasters roundup
Winter weather in the US drives insured losses in excess of $1.5bn.
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•Date: 7th February 2014 • World •Type: Article

Natural disasters cause $192bn global economic loss in 2013
According to Impact Forecasting.
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•Date: 15th January 2014 • World •Type: Article

December’s major disasters roundup
Winter storms were the theme of the month.
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•Date: 8th January 2014 • World •Type: Article

November major disasters roundup
Super Typhoon Haiyan leads November catastrophe losses with a $5.8bn economic impact.
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•Date: 11th December 2013 • World •Type: Article

EU, JICA and UNHCR host a joint conference on ‘Building Resilient Societies against Natural Disasters’
On November 11th, around 200 people from embassies, development partners, academia and NGOs gathered at the United Nations University in Tokyo to listen to discussions on how development actors can accelerate efforts to build resilient societies against natural disasters.
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•Date: 19th November 2013 • World •Type: Article

Roundup of October’s major natural disasters
Typhoons and windstorms were the theme of the month.
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•Date: 12th November 2013 • World •Type: Article

Super typhoon hits the Philippines
Super typhoon Haiyan (named Yolanda in the Philippines) has made landfall in the Philippine region of Eastern Samar.
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•Date: 8th November 2013 •Philippines •Type: Article

‘Lessons Learned After Sandy and Possible Ways to Strengthen New York’
The New York Insurance Association has published a white paper which looks at ways to better prepare New York for future disasters.
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•Date: 30th October 2013 • US •Type: Article

Roundup of September’s major disasters
Environmental disasters resulted in at least $15bn losses in September.
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•Date: 11th October 2013 • World •Type: Article

Tropical Storm Karen looks set to test disaster response during the US government shutdown
It is not ‘business as usual’ at FEMA and the agency’s response to Tropical Storm Karen impacts will be closely scrutinised.
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•Date: 4th October 2013 • US •Type: Article

Top tips for reliable emergency power
The Diesel Technology Forum has provided a useful checklist to help businesses ensure that they can reliably provide power supplies when the grid fails.
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•Date: 11th September 2013 • US •Type: Article

Roundup of August’s major natural disasters
Flooding was the month’s main theme.
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•Date: 6th September 2013 • World •Type: Article

New Maryland program to help service stations provide fuel during natural disasters and power outages
‘Fuel Up Maryland’ provides funding for service stations to pre-wire for backup power generation in the event of a major power outage.
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•Date: 30th August 2013 • US •Type: Article

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force releases resiliency recommendations
New recommendations look at how to use Hurricane Sandy rebuilding projects to enhance business, community and critical infrastructure resilience.
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•Date: 20th August 2013 • US •Type: Article

NOAA updates Atlantic hurricane season forecast
Atlantic hurricane season still on track to be above normal.
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•Date: 13th August 2013 • Various •Type: Article

Major disasters roundup: July 2013
Severe weather and earthquakes were July's theme.
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•Date: 8th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

Global losses from disasters significantly reduced in first half of 2013
Economic losses from natural disasters during the six month period ending June 30 were $85bn, around 15 percent lower than the average from the preceding 10-years.
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•Date: 25th July 2013 • World •Type: Article

Climate-Related Disasters in Asia and the Pacific
Is there a relationship between these changes in climate and the increase in natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific? A new report by the Asian Development Bank looks at this question.
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•Date: 19th July 2013 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article

June major disasters summary
European flood damage causes $22bn economic loss; insurance payout breaches $5bn, according to Aon Benfield catastrophe report.
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•Date: 17th July 2013 • World •Type: Article

The need for better disaster preparedness in India
As rescue operations continue in the flood-devastated Uttarakhand state, India, the catastrophe has exposed the country’s general lack of disaster preparedness.
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•Date: 5th July 2013 • India •Type: Article

US National Climatic Data Center publishes annual review of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters
2012 was the second costliest year for climate related disasters in the US since 1980, with a total of more than $110 billion in damages throughout the year.
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•Date: 2nd July 2013 • US •Type: Article

May major disasters roundup
Insurers face minimum $4bn payout from May US storm damage, according to Aon Benfield catastrophe report.
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•Date: 6th June 2013 • World •Type: Article

Disaster funding fails to focus on prevention
For every US$100 spent on disasters, only US$12 is spent on preventing them in the first place.
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•Date: 28th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for Oklahoma tornadoes
Disaster declaration makes federal funding available in the counties of Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie.
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•Date: 21st May 2013 • US •Type: Article

Private sector must engage more in disaster risk reduction: United Nations GAR13 report
The United Nations warns that economic losses from disasters have spun out of control and is calling on the world’s business community to incorporate disaster risk management into their investment strategies to avoid further losses.
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•Date: 17th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

New Zealand government Budget provides additional funds for Christchurch disaster recovery
Extra $NZ 2.1 billion brings government’s total spend to $NZ 15.2 billion.
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•Date: 17th May 2013 • New Zealand •Type: Article

Earthquake and flooding events dominate April natural disasters
Impact Forecasting has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews the natural disasters that occurred worldwide during April 2013.
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•Date: 9th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

European Commission presents two part package to strengthen Europe's preparedness against natural and man-made disasters
The EU strategy on adaptation to climate change; and Green Paper on insurance in the context of natural and man-made disasters.
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•Date: 18th April 2013 • Europe / UK •Type: Article

Business continuity updates following the Boston bombs
This page will be updated with business continuity information in relation to the April 15 bombing incident in Boston.
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•Date: 15th April 2013 • US •Type: Article

March disasters summary
Severe winter weather brings $1.8bn economic loss to Europe, according to Impact Forecasting’s global catastrophe report.
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•Date: 5th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

FTA and FEMA agree roles for addressing public transit needs in future major disasters
Partnership aims to ensure that the US transit system is more resilient.
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•Date: 6th March 2013 • US •Type: Article

SBA Hurricane Sandy loan approvals surpass $1 billion
Congress makes additional funds available for recovery.
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•Date: 31st Jan 2013 • US •Type: Article

The Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report
295 natural disaster events occurred worldwide in 2012 causing total economic losses of USD200 billion.
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•Date: 25th Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article

Australia bushfires update page
Areas of Australia are facing severe bushfire risks, with New South Wales declaring a 'Catastrophic' danger rating in three Ranges. This page is being updated with useful resources related to this disaster.
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•Date: 8th Jan 2013 • Australia •Type: Article

December disasters roundup
The Impact Forecasting December catastrophe report.
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•Date: 8th Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article

New Association of State Floodplain Managers report suggests measures to ensure a resilient recovery from Hurricane Sandy
There is a need to take this disaster and use it as an opportunity to avoid the next one…
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•Date: 14th Dec 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Asia disaster trends 2012
Floods have been the most frequent disaster occurring in Asia during 2012, according to the UNISDR.
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•Date: 12th Dec 2012 • Various •Type: Article

Disaster preparedness lessons from Hurricane Sandy
New survey data offers insights from corporate, education and government organizations.
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•Date: 11th Dec 2012 • US •Type: Article

Indirect economic impacts from disasters
The UK government has published a background paper to illustrate the types of indirect and long term economic impact that disasters can have.
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•Date: 11th Dec 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Typhoon Pablo sitrep
The latest information on Typhoon Pablo from the Philippine government.
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•Date: 6th Dec 2012 •Philippines •Type: Article

Post-Sandy disaster response reviews underway
Disaster response lessons from Hurricane Sandy will be captured by three new commissions, which have been established by New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo.
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•Date: 30th Nov 2012 • US •Type: Article

‘Completing a Construction Project After a Catastrophe’
New guidance document from Marsh.
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•Date: 20th Nov 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

NYC Restore launched to help New York recover from Hurricane Sandy
NYC Restore is a new initiative to provide one-stop locations for City recovery services and Federal disaster relief.
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•Date: 15th Nov 2012 • US •Type: Article

Hurricane Sandy impacts estimated at $30 billion
Early US state government figures estimate the economic loss from Sandy at $30 billion, according to the latest Impact Forecasting catastrophe report.
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•Date: 9th Nov 2012 • US •Type: Article

New EC civil protection initiative aims to take a proactive approach to disaster reduction in the Euro-Mediterranean region
In the last 20 years 1,085 disasters occurred in the Mediterranean region: this means one disaster per week.
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•Date: 9th Nov 2012 • Europe •Type: Article

US Environmental Protection Agency addresses Hurricane Sandy related fuel shortages
EPA approves fuel waivers for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.
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•Date: 6th Nov 2012 • US •Type: Article

Federal Communications Commission reports that generator fuel supply is becoming a critical issue for business continuity post-Sandy
Initial generator supplies are being used up and obtaining resupply is proving difficult.
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•Date: 2nd Nov 2012 • US •Type: Article

Sandy update page
This page will be updated with relevant business continuity and disaster recovery information.
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•Date: 29th Oct - 1st Nov 2012 • US •Type: Article

Rebuild with resilience in mind
Floodplain managers urge resilient rebuilding from Sandy.
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•Date: 1st Nov 2012 • US •Type: Article

Hurricane Sandy underlines increasing threat of extreme events linked to climate change says UNISDR
“We can say with a high degree of confidence that those parts of the US and the Caribbean which have borne the brunt of Hurricane Sandy will be vulnerable to repeat events of this magnitude due to rising sea levels and warmer coastal waters.”
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•Date: 1st Nov 2012 • US •Type: Article

Major disasters roundup: September
Asia facing $8bn economic loss as September flooding takes its toll, according to Aon Benfield catastrophe report.
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•Date: 10th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

European countries meet to discuss international framework for disaster risk reduction
The 3rd session of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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•Date: 2nd Oct 2012 • UK/Europe •Type: Article

US Big Business–Small Business Emergency Management Mentorship Program helping with Hurricane Isaac disaster recovery
Small businesses in Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Isaac now have another way to get help with their disaster recovery efforts.
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•Date: 20th Sept 2012 • US •Type: Article

Canadian government creates flood mitigation fund
The fund will be available to help with the cost of permanent flood mitigation measures.
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•Date: 15th August 2012 • Canada •Type: Article

Philippines Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources tells local businesses to adapt to climate change: severe flooding events must be accepted as the ‘new normal’
Business continuity plans need to factor in the trend for increased typhoon intensity.
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•Date: 9th August 2012 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article

July 2012 global disasters roundup
Flooding in China during July causes USD8.3bn of economic losses, according to Aon Benfield catastrophe report.
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•Date: 9th August 2012 • World •Type: Article

Slow progress in restoring power to June 29th US storm-damaged areas
Businesses struggling with wide-area power outages coupled with extreme temperatures.
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•Date: 4th July 2012 • US •Type: Article

Florida faces major flooding disaster
Tropical Storm Debby is expected to stall over Florida, producing as much as 25 inches of rain in some areas.
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•Date: 26th June 2012 • US •Type: Article

Canadian Government launces the Canadian Safety and Security Program
Aims to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disaster, serious accidents, crime and acts of terrorism.
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•Date: 21st June 2012 • Canada •Type: Article

NOAA issues 2012 hurricane season forecasts
Near-normal Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons; below-normal Central Pacific season.
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•Date: 25th May 2012 • North / Central America •Type: Article

SBA presents its annual Phoenix Awards for disaster recovery efforts
The awards were presented during a luncheon sponsored by Prudential, in Washington, D.C.
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•Date: 23rd May 2012 • US •Type: Article

Portable Fuel Container Manufacturers Association issues alert about portable gas can shortage: may impact 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season
The familiar red gas cans that are part of many storm preparation and recovery kits could soon be in critically short supply.
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•Date: 18th May 2012 • US •Type: Article

April’s major disasters around the world
US severe weather insurance losses approach USD1 billion in April; economic losses even higher.
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•Date: 8th May 2012 • World •Type: Article

Association of State Floodplain Managers urges Congress to accept two year extension to US National Flood Insurance Program
Long extension period would give time to complete NFIP reform program.
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•Date: 26th April 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry publishes final report
Many recommendations made on flood risk management and increasing the resiliency of Queensland’s critical infrastructure, essential organizations, local businesses and communities.
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•Date: 20th March 2012 • Australia •Type: Article

UN starts discussions on new international blueprint for disaster risk reduction
New framework for disaster risk reduction will build on the Hyogo Framework.
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•Date: 14th March 2012 • World •Type: Article

February’s major disasters
Impact Forecasting has published its monthly summary of major disasters around the world.
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•Date: 9th March 2012 • World •Type: Article

Japan International Cooperation Agency to present disaster risk management lessons learned from March 11th 2011 earthquake
JICA Workshop on Disaster Risk Management will take place at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank.
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•Date: 2nd March 2012 • Asia Pacific •Type: Article

'Storm of the century' may become 'storm of the decade'
Researchers have found that regions such as the New York City metropolitan area that currently experience a disastrous flood every century could instead become submerged every one or two decades.
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•Date: 1st March 2012 • US •Type: Article

Geophysicist highlights lessons for the Pacific Northwest from the Tohoku earthquake
As we come close to the first anniversary of the March 11th 2011 Tohoku earthquake, a geophysicist has told members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that Tohoku is a grim reminder of the potential for a strong-motion mega-earthquake along the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States.
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•Date: 22nd February 2012 • US •Type: Article

Disaster prevention to be at the heart of UN work for the next five years
Pressing the world for a push on disaster prevention, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has rolled out a ‘Five Year Action Agenda.’
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•Date: 27th January 2012 • World •Type: Article

Brazil to open Centre of Excellence for Disaster Risk Reduction
One of the Centre’s main tasks is to support Brazil’s efforts to strengthen disaster risk reduction and to support policies for disaster risk reduction through a mechanism called the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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•Date: 25th January 2012 • S.America •Type: Article

Cost of 2011 natural disasters up 280 percent increase from 2010
Global economies face record $435bn natural disaster legacy from 2011, according to Aon Benfield annual catastrophe study.
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•Date: 11th January 2012 • World •Type: Article

Victorian Coalition Government releases final Comrie report on 2010-11 floods
Report gives 93 recommendations for improvements and outlines the need for reform in four key areas.
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•Date: 9th December 2011 • Australia •Type: Article

2011 a record year for US weather-based disasters
NOAA has reported that, to the end of November, 2011 has seen 12 separate billion dollar weather/climate disasters in the UnIted States, with an aggregate damage total of approximately $52 billion.
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•Date: 8th December 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Active 2011 hurricane season ends
NOAA publishes summary: season produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
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•Date: 30th November 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Insect cyborgs may help in future damage assessments
Research conducted at the University of Michigan College of Engineering may lead to the use of insects to monitor hazardous situations before sending in humans. This could have significant advantages in disaster recovery situations and in conducting damage assessments.
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•Date: 25th November 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

UNISDR head meets representatives of the Chinese private sector to discuss disaster risk reduction
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, has been in China for a first round of consultations on disaster risk reduction with entrepreneurs and business people.
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•Date: 9th November 2011 • Region: China •Type: Article

Widespread flooding impacts South-East Asia
Flooding caused by two typhoons is affecting businesses and communities across South-East Asia, including in the Philippines, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Loas and Thailand.

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•Date: 5th October 2011 • Region: SE Asia •Type: Article

US National Flood Insurance Program gains last minute extension
House of Representatives approves four-day extension of government funding through Tuesday, October 4, 2011; vote to be taken on extension to November 18, 2011.

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•Date: 30th September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Final National Disaster Recovery Framework published
Document will guide coordination and disaster recovery planning at all levels of US government.

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•Date: 23rd September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

66th session of the UN General Assembly opens with focus on disasters and prevention
Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser identified disaster prevention as one of the key issues that will ‘help frame our work this session’.

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•Date: 23rd September 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article • Topic: DR general

Joplin tornado offers important lessons for disaster preparedness: NOAA
New report captures lessons learned from Joplin disaster.

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•Date: 21st September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Economic and community resilience: the impacts of natural disasters
A new publication from The Commonwealth Bank of Australia explores the lessons that governments, financial institutions and retailers around the globe can learn from Australia’s experience of the longer-term impact of natural disasters on personal income and the wider economy.

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•Date: 20th September 2011 • Region: Australia/World •Type: Article

Monsoon rains cause major problems in south Asian
16 million people have now been affected by flooding caused by heavy and sustained monsoon rains falling across south Asia.

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•Date: 14th September 2011 • Region: Asia •Type: Article

Power outages: safe generator use
Power generators are a popular way for small businesses to maintain power supply during outages, but their use is not without risks. The IBHS has produced a useful checklist to help ensure safe generator use.

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•Date: 8th September 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

NOAA updates Atlantic hurricane season forecast
High hurricane activity expected during August through October.

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•Date: 5th August 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

NOAA warns that upper Midwest and northern Plains flood threat to continue through summer
Forecasters say this season could rival the Great Flood of 1993.

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•Date: 12th July 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Two months of US severe weather results in $21.65bn economic loss
According to Aon Benfield study.

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•Date: 24th June 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Does your company's business insurance cover all losses in the event of a disaster?
RGL Forensics helps businesses identify coverage for disaster losses which extend far beyond buildings and equipment.

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•Date: 24th June 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

NOAA publishes 2011 hurricane season forecasts
Above-normal Atlantic season; below normal Eastern and Central Pacific seasons.

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•Date: 20th May 2011 • Region: US/Various •Type: Article

US tornado disaster could be of Katrina proportions
As damage assessments commence, one aid agency says that it expects response needs to be at the level of Hurricane Katrina.

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•Date: 29th April 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Another above-average 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast
Colorado State University predicts nine hurricanes, with five developing into major hurricanes.
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•Date: 8th April 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Climate change risks for cities examined
The locations and dense construction patterns of cities often place their populations at greater risk from natural disasters, including those expected to worsen with climate change.
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•Date: 8th April 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Scholarships in disaster management made available
The University of Leicester has announced a series of international scholarships in the fields of risk and disaster management.

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•Date: 23rd March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Huge 8.9 earthquake hits Japan
Wide-area tsunami warning for the Pacific issued.

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•Date: 11th March 2011 • Region: Japan/Various •Type: Article

Countries must aim for more coordinated action to reduce disaster risk – UN report
Hyogo Framework for Action mid-term review report.

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•Date: 11th March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Catastrophic preparedness: how ready is FEMA for the next big disaster?
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs schedules a hearing to address this question.

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•Date: 8th March 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for Massachusetts
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Massachusetts and ordered federal aid to supplement the commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 11-12, 2011. James N. Russo has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=53864

•Date: 8th March 2011 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

February major disasters roundup
Aon Benfield has released the latest edition of its Monthly Cat Recap report, which reviews the natural disasters that occurred worldwide during February.

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•Date: 4th March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Severe damage in Christchurch due to magnitude 6.3 earthquake
This page will be updated with business continuity and disaster recovery information related to the above incident.

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•Date: 22nd Feb 2011 • Region: NZ •Type: Article

A large area of the US is at risk from moderate to major flooding this spring
National Weather Service issues advance warning.

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•Date: 22nd Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Recent major US disaster declarations
* Oregon
* New York

•Date: 22nd Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for Utah
FEMA has announced that federal aid is available to the state of Utah to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of December 20-24, 2010. FEMA named William J. Doran III as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=13652
•Date: 16th Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

COAG meeting agrees to immediate deployment of new Australian National Strategy for Disaster Resilience
Aims to improve Australia’s ability to withstand and recover from future disasters.

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•Date: 15th Feb 2011 • Region: Australia •Type: Article

Secretary Napolitano publishes fiscal year 2012 DHS budget request
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has unveiled the Department of Homeland Security’s $57.0 billion fiscal year 2012 budget request.

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•Date: 15th Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

President declares major disaster for New Jersey
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of December 26-27, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=53662

•Date: 10th Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

January major disasters roundup
Aon Benfield’s regular summary of major disasters around the world.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Cyclone Yasi update page
Queensland faces its second major disaster in less than a month; this time from Cyclone Yasi, currently a category five storm.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2011 • Region: Australia •Type: Article

US ‘monster winter storm’ : update page
NASA says that a winter storm which has started to impact the US will be one of the biggest in the past half-century. This page will be updated with business continuity and disaster recovery information related to this incident.

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•Date: 1st Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for California
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to California to supplement tribal, state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows during the period of December 17, 2010, to January 4, 2011.Sandy Coachman has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=53584
•Date: 28th Jan 2011 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

United Nations: 2010 was one of the worst years for disasters
Urges better preparedness.

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•Date: 25th Jan 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

New IBHS guidelines aim to help businesses reduce earthquake damage to property
‘Earthquake Risk Around the U.S. - How to Protect Your Property.’

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•Date: 19th Jan 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Queensland floods updates
This page is being updated with news and resources related to the above incident.

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•Date: 12th Jan 2011 • Region: Australia •Type: Article

US Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants bill becomes law
President Obama has signed the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants reauthorization bill into law.

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•Date: 12th Jan 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Minister visits flooded inland as NSW braces for worse weather
New South Wales Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan has visited flood-affected areas of Central and North Western NSW as the State braces for the impact of more predicted severe weather. "The State Government has now extended the Natural Disaster declaration further, to include the Muswellbrook, Cooma-Monaro, Boorowa, Gunnedah, Bathurst and Forbes Local Government Areas," Mr Whan said. "This takes to 28 the total number of council areas now suffering damage and hardship as a result of these floods. We still expect the number to increase in coming days as worsening weather is expected to wreak more havoc across the State.
"These areas have reported significant damage to roads, culverts, bridges and other public infrastructure." http://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/newsarticle.html?newsid=509

•Date: 7th Dec 2010 • Region: Australia •Type: Briefing

November major disasters roundup
Aon Benfield has released its latest monthly report.

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•Date: 8th Dec 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Start preparing for 2011 hurricane season now
The Institute for Business & Home Safety says that the best time to add hurricane resistant features to facilities is winter and spring.

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•Date: 8th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

October disasters roundup
Flooding rains, multiple tropical cyclones and a tsunami shape an eventful October.

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•Date: 5th Nov 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for South Dakota
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for South Dakota to supplement State, local and Tribal recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 22-23, 2010. Mark A. Neveau was named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=13492
•Date: 4th Nov 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2010
The United Nations has issued a new report which looks at future disaster risk reduction strategies for the Asia-Pacific region..
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•Date: 28th Oct 2010 • Region: Asia Pacific •Type: Article

European disaster response moves forward
A European Emergency Response Centre has been proposed: to monitor and coordinate EU disaster response.
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•Date: 27th Oct 2010 • Region: Europe •Type: Article

Government of Canada launches National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction
The establishment of Canada’s National Platform further strengthens existing coordination of domestic disaster risk reduction initiatives developed by Public Safety Canada.
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•Date: 27th Oct 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for The Commonwealth Of Puerto Rico
FEMA has announced that federal aid is available to supplement the recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides associated with Tropical Storm Otto during the period of October 4-8, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=53114

•Date: 27th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

FEMA and American Red Cross partnership will strengthen mass care during a disaster
FEMA and the American Red Cross have signed a MOA that sets the framework for the Red Cross and FEMA to jointly lead the planning and coordination of mass care services post-disaster.
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•Date: 26th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Plan for the ‘Maximum of Maximums’ Fugate tells State emergency managers
“What we really need to be doing is planning for disasters that go beyond our capabilities,” says FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
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•Date: 22nd Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
Nebraska
Federal funding is available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, tornado, and straight-line winds in the counties of Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, and Saunders.
Wisconsin
Federal funding is available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, Marathon, Portage, Taylor, Trempealeau, and Wood.

•Date: 22nd Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations
Minnesota
Federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on September 22, 2010 and continuing.
North Carolina
Federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and straight-line winds associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole during the period of September 27 to October 1, 2010.

•Date: 15th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

FEMA Independence Act of 2009 given deadline extension
House Committee on Homeland Security Granted an extension to December 3rd, 2010.
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•Date: 7th Oct 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

September major disasters summary
Aon Benfield has released the latest edition of its monthly analysis of worldwide catastrophe events.
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•Date: 6th October 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for Arizona
FEMA has announced that federal aid is available to the state of Arizona to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 20 to August 7, 2010.FEMA named Sandy Coachman as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52913

•Date: 6th October 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations:
US Virgin Islands
Federal aid is available to supplement the territory recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Earl during the period of August 29- 31, 2010.
South Dakota
Federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 21-30, 2010.
•Date: 29th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Businesses over-confident about IT network resilience
According to the CDW ‘Business Continuity Straw Poll’.
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•Date: 28th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

New model predicts disaster impacts on cities
Model is a potential tool to help reduce the severity of impacts and harden infrastructure against future disasters.
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•Date: 29th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
Tennessee
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of August 17-21, 2010.
New Mexico
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to New Mexico to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 25 to August 9, 2010.

•Date: 17th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Watching Igor
Tropical Storm Igor has the potential to develop into a major hurricane.
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•Date: 9th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Support website for Canterbury earthquake is operational
A website has been set up to help Canterbury (NZ) businesses and residents recover from the recent major earthquake.
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•Date: 7th Sept 2010 • Region: New Zealand •Type: Article

August major disasters roundup
Aon Benfield has published its monthly summary of major world disasters.
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•Date: 3rd Sept 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Institute for Southern Studies report says that Katrina disaster response lessons have still not been learned
According to a new report many of the problems exposed in the federal response to Katrina have yet to be addressed in Washington.
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•Date: 1st Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Five years later – how New Orleans flood risk has changed since Hurricane Katrina
Significant investments have been made in levees over the last five years; however, flood threat continues to rise as the city sinks and sea levels rise.
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•Date: 31st August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
Illinois
Federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Illinois to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 22 to August 7, 2010. Gregory W. Eaton has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

Missouri
Federal disaster aid has been made available for Missouri and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes during the period of June 12 to July 31, 2010. Joseph M. Girot was named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

•Date: 20th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Social media usage during disasters surveyed
Red Cross finds that many people are turning to Facebook and Twitter for immediate disaster information and help.
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•Date: 17th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Atlantic Hurricane Season: no room for complacency
NOAA still expects active Hurricane Season; La Niña develops.
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•Date: 6th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

July disasters roundup
Aon Benfield has released the latest edition of its Monthly Cat Recap report, which provides an analysis of worldwide catastrophic events in July.
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•Date: 4th August 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

President declares major disaster for Texas
FEMA has announced that federal aid has been made available for Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Alex beginning on June 30, 2010, and continuing.
Bradley M. Harris was named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52303

•Date: 4th August 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Pakistan and Afghanistan flooding disaster resources
This page is being updated as the above disaster progresses.
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•Date: 3rd August 2010 • Region: Asia •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations

•Date: 30th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Hurricane season 2100
Fewer, but marginally stronger, hurricanes expected in the future.
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•Date: 21st July 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article

Award for Butler County Disaster Recovery Coalition
The Rebuild Iowa Award for Service has been presented to the Butler County Disaster Recovery Coalition. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in Iowa’s 2008 disaster recovery efforts. The Butler County Disaster Recovery Coalition was created by concerned citizens, business leaders, government officials and clergy to meet long-term recovery needs following the 2008 floods and tornadoes. Although the Coalition’s work on the 2008 disasters is winding down, the Coalition will continue, with members meeting on a regular basis so they are ready for the next disaster.
•Date: 21st July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for Nebraska
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes beginning on June 1, 2010, and continuing. Stephen R. Thompson has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52148
•Date: 16th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for Montana
FEMA has announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Montana to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on June 15, 2010, and continuing. Steven S. Ward has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52107
•Date: 14th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Get Ready Week 2010
10th-16th October 2010, New Zealand.
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•Date: 13th July 2010 • Region: New Zealand •Type: Article

Natural disaster risks assessed
Italy, Japan, China, USA, Spain and France rated ‘high risk’
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•Date: 9th July 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article

June natural disaster roundup
Floods and severe weather events dominate.
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•Date: 9th July 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

New US Federal web portal launched to provide Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and recovery information and resources
Designed to serve as a one-stop repository for news, data and operational updates.
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•Date: 8th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
- Minnesota
- Maine
•Date: 7th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

2010 Hurricane Season resource page
This page will be updated through the 2010 Hurricane Season with news, information and useful resources related to hurricane preparedness and response.

Latest updates:
- Alex resources
- President declares emergency for Texas

- UK Met Office: 2010 could be one of the most active tropical storm seasons on record
• Last update: 1st July 2010 • Region: Various

Government of Canada assists Alberta with damage caused by rainstorm
Jim Prentice, minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Southern Alberta, has announced federal support for the Province of Alberta under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) program for response and recovery costs incurred following a severe rainstorm in May 2008. The Government of Alberta has indicated that the initial estimate of damage caused by the rainstorm is approximately $9.4 million. The federal share will be determined in accordance with the DFAA Guidelines, which list eligible expenses and include the cost sharing formula. www.gov.ab.ca
•Date: 30th June 2010 • Region: Canada •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for the State Of West Virginia
A major disaster exists in the State of West Virginia in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides beginning on June 12, 2010, and continuing. FEMA has named Donald L. Keldsen as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51965
•Date: 25th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Report identifies future mega-earthquake hotspots
Aon Benfield has published a new report ‘When The Earth Moves: Mega-Earthquakes To Come?’

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•Date: 18th June 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article

As the football World Cup starts in South Africa Aon Benfield publishes regional earthquake risk report
Report aims to set the record straight around the recent hype on predictions of a Haiti sized scenario for Cape Town and Durban.

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•Date: 11th June 2010 • Region: Africa •Type: Article

Atlantic Hurricane Season expected to be worse than initially forecasted: Colorado State University
Colorado State University has changed its initial prediction; now says it will be a very active 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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•Date: 8th June 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article

Floods dominate May disasters
According to Aon Benfield monthly catastrophes report.

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•Date: 4th June 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

US National Flood Insurance Program expires
The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) expired on May 31, after a brief extension in April.

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•Date: 3rd June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

US SBA presents annual disaster recovery awards
This year’s Phoenix Awards have been given during a luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC.

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•Date: 26th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for Oklahoma
FEMA has announced that federal aid is available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds during the period of May 10-13, 2010. Gregory W. Eaton has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51567
•Date: 26th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Probability of mega-quake hitting Pacific Northwest coast of the United States assessed
Scientists predict that the odds are 1-in-3 that a huge quake will hit in next 50 years.

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•Date: 25th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for Mississippi
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of May 1-2, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51428
•Date: 19th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations

•Date: 14th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations

•Date: 12th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Lessons from L’Aquila
Following the anniversary of the L’Aquila earthquake, the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre looks at what lessons have been learned.
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•Date: 7th May 2010 • Region: W.Europe •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
* Tennessee
* Alabama
* Massachusetts
* North Dakota
•Date: 5th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declaration for State Of Mississippi
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to
the State of Mississippi to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of April 23-24, 2010. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=51151
•Date: 30th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations
State Of Connecticut
FEMA has announced a major disaster exists in the State of Connecticut and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2010, and continuing.

West Virginia
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for West Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and snowstorms during the period of February 5-11, 2010.
•Date: 28th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations
- Nebraska
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Nebraska and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, ice jams, and flooding during the period of March 6 to April 3, 2010.
- North Dakota
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the state of North Dakota and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm during the period of April 1-3, 2010.
•Date: 22nd April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US National Flood Insurance Program extended
The US Congress has passed an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program through May, 31, 2010
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•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
- FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of New York. The assistance will supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of March 13-15, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12629

- FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Minnesota and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding beginning on March 1, 2010, and continuing.
http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12648
•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

OSHA advice on sandbag use floods
OSHA has provided manual handling guidance for when employees are filling, moving and placing sandbags during flooding disasters. Read
•Date: 7th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for New Jersey
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2010, and continuing. William L. Vogel has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12609
•Date: 7th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations
- Delaware
•Date:1st April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US Congress allows National Flood Insurance Program to lapse
Issue highlighted by Marsh.
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•Date: 31st March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Report published on the vulnerability of different UK critical infrastructure sectors to flooding
‘Sector Resilience Plan for Critical Infrastructure 2010’.
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•Date: 31st March 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
- Massachusetts
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia
•Date: 31st March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Key US sector leaders meet to discuss community resiliency in a large-scale crisis
Session chaired by Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery.
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•Date: 26th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
President Declares Major Disaster For Maine
President Declares Major Disaster For District Of Columbia
•Date: 26th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for New Jersey
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of February 5-6, 2010. William L. Vogel has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12528
•Date: 24th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for Arizona
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arizona to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of January 18-22, 2010. Mark A. Neveau has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=50630
•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US major disaster declarations
Federal disaster aid has been made available for South Dakota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm during the period of January 20-26, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=50603

Federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Kansas to supplement recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe winter storms and snowstorm during the period of December 22, 2009, to January 8, 2010.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=50598

European Commission to investigate EU options for insurance against natural catastrophes
Particular focus on flood insurance.

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•Date: 12th March 2010 • Region: Europe •Type: Article

Flood grants for Queensland small businesses and primary producers
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Premier Anna Bligh have announced joint Commonwealth-State funded grants to help small businesses and primary producers affected by recent flooding in Queensland. The announcement will see small businesses and primary producers receive grants for clean up and recovery. Tier 1 grants will be available for up to $5,000 and Tier 2 grants will be up to $20,000. ’
•Date: 10th March 2010 • Region: Australia •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for California
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for California to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows during the period of January 17 to February 6, 2010. Michael H. Smith has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12448
•Date: 10th March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Researchers show how far South American cities moved in 8.8 Chile quake
The city of Concepción moved at least 10 feet to the west.

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•Date: 9th March 2010 • Region: S.America •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for West Virginia
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of December 18-20, 2009. Regis Leo Phelan has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12389
•Date: 5th Mar 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US disaster declarations
Major disaster declared for Iowa
Major disaster declared for North Dakota
•Date: 3rd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US Senators criticise FEMA’s proposed disaster recovery plan
Plan “still has significant gaps”.

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•Date: 2nd March 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Commonwealth and Victoria finalise disaster resilience partnership
Formally implements the Australian National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

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•Date: 2nd March 2010 • Region: Australia •Type: Article

US disaster declarations
Major disaster declared for Nebraska
Major disaster declared for Iowa
Major disaster declared for Oklahoma

•Date: 26th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

FEMA and European disaster management agencies meet to discuss large scale disaster preparedness
FEMA leadership meets with NOAA National Weather Service and European partners; geomagnetic events high on the agenda.

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•Date: 26th Feb 2010 • Region: US/Europe •Type: Article

US major disaster declarations
- President declares major disaster for Maryland
- President declares major disaster for Virginia

•Date: 23rd Feb 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Briefing

Draft FEMA National Disaster Recovery Framework open for comment
Comment period will close on February 26, 2010.

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•Date: 10th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for the state of New Jersey
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of New Jersey to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a snowstorm during the period of December 19-20, 2009.
Stephen M. DeBlasio Sr. has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12289

•Date: 10th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Major disaster declared for Arkansas
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of December 23, 2009, to January 2, 2010. Kevin L. Hannes has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=50362
•Date: 5th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US Department of Homeland Security publishes Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has now delivered the final Quadrennial Homeland Security Review report to Congress.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Major disaster declared for North Carolina
FEMA has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the state of North Carolina. The assistance will supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of December 18-25, 2009. Michael Bolch has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=12268

•Date: 4th Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Counting the cost of the summer 2007 UK floods
The devastating floods of summer 2007 cost the UK a total of £3.2bn, including more than £2bn to homeowners and businesses, a new report from the Environment Agency has revealed.

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•Date: 19th Jan 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

UN calls for international support in wake of Haiti quake
Haiti has been devastated.

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•Date: 14th Jan 2010 • Region: Haiti •Type: Article

Northern Ireland Flooding Taskforce organizes public consultation sessions
The first of three evidence gathering sessions set up by the cross-departmental Flooding Taskforce will take place in Fermanagh.
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•Date: 6th Jan 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Natural catastrophes resulted in $58bn economic loss in 2009
According to an Aon Benfield study.
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•Date: 4th Jan 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Recent US disaster declarations:

•Date: 4th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

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