Thursday, February 04, 2016

Can bicyclists provide better disaster relief? - StarTribune.com

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Tuesday’s big snowfall in the Twin Cities has left local streets less passable, and that will add an extra challenge for bicyclists participating in a disaster relief trial designed to show how bicycles can be used to reach victims when traditional response vehicles can’t get through."



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Friday, January 15, 2016

New ‘Playbook’ Helps Foundations and Nonprofits Respond to Disasters - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

New ‘Playbook’ Helps Foundations and Nonprofits Respond to Disasters - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "he Washington-based Center for Disaster Philanthropy, in conjunction with the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, released on Thursday the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, a resource of best practices and approaches for charities faced with responding to catastrophes.

It includes information on community planning, rebuilding, legal services, housing, aiding vulnerable populations, and coordinating across local, state, and federal agencies."



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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Swedish solutions within disaster relief in Thailand – Scandasia

Swedish solutions within disaster relief in Thailand – Scandasia: "‘Disaster relief solutions in Asia’ was in focus as Business Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden, Bangkok, arranged a private sector partnership workshop and matchmaking event on 1 December 2015.

Supported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) ’Working with business to strengthen disaster preparedness and response in Thailand and Asia-Pacific’ was in focus as a delegation of Swedish SMEs offering a wide range of niche products  attended."



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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Land Rover raise £400,000 for charities with special edition auction | Cars | Life & Style | Daily Express

Land Rover raise £400,000 for charities with special edition auction | Cars | Life & Style | Daily Express: "The proceeds from the car’s sale will be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), who will use the money to help communities in South-East Nepal to improve how they tackle natural disasters."



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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Key Findings | Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Key Findings | Center for Disaster Philanthropy: "Jointly produced by Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2015: Data to Drive Decisions analyzes funding trends for disasters and humanitarian crises in 2013. In addition to examining U.S. foundation funding, this second annual report integrates other disaster-related funding data, including bilateral and multilateral aid, corporate giving, and online giving, to paint a more detailed picture of how institutional philanthropy is situated within the broader disaster funding landscape."



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Monday, November 02, 2015

Private sector alliance signs partnership agreement with Asean disaster relief body, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Private sector alliance signs partnership agreement with Asean disaster relief body, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: "INGAPORE - In its first official partnership with the private sector, the Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Singapore-based Corporate Citizen Foundation (CCF) on Sunday evening."



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Friday, October 30, 2015

The Future of Disaster Response In the Mountains of Nepal | SAS

The Future of Disaster Response In the Mountains of Nepal | SAS: "It's been six months since the second of two earthquakes shattered Nepal. Brian Kelly, Regional Emergency and Post-Crisis Advisor at IOM, and his team have been onsite since the first quake. As first responders to natural disasters, death, destruction and despair are fresh when they arrive. No shelters, save scraps from demolished homes. No medical tents, fresh water or food. Just the dusty, hollow-eyed stares of people still awakening to the loss."



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Donating With Impact | Rene Paulson

Donating With Impact | Rene Paulson: "For many of us, empathy and compassion move our hand to our wallet (or rather, to the click of our smartphone) and we give. We give to help. We give to the cause. And almost blindly, we give to the charity, trusting that it will be stewarded appropriately and believing that our contribution will help make an impact.

Some people contribute on an enormous scale. Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani, pledged a staggering $750 million, more than half of his wealth, to support refugees around the globe by creating a nonprofit organization, Tent. He stated that his lack of faith in government agencies to adequately support the refugees moved him to action."



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MoveOn Takes the Lead in Nonprofits Advocacy for Refugee Crisis Funding | Nonprofit Quarterly

MoveOn Takes the Lead in Nonprofits Advocacy for Refugee Crisis Funding | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Major Earthquake in South Asia Leaves At Least 260 Dead

Major Earthquake in South Asia Leaves At Least 260 Dead: "A major earthquake that struck northern Afghanistan has killed at least 260 people in the country and in neighboring Pakistan.

More than 228 people so far have been reported killed, and at least 1,000 injured in Pakistan, and at least 33 deaths and more than 200 injured have been reported in Afghanistan. Officials expect the death toll to increase in the coming hours and days as remote areas in both countries are accessed. In one incident, at least 12 school girls died in a stampede as they fled shaking buildings in Takhar province, northeastern Afghanistan."



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Desperate Afghan-Pakistan quake victims appeal for aid - Yahoo News

Desperate Afghan-Pakistan quake victims appeal for aid - Yahoo News: "Desperate survivors appealed for food and blankets Tuesday after a devastating earthquake killed more than 360 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as harsh weather, rugged terrain and pockets of militancy hampered rescue efforts."



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Monday, October 26, 2015

Hurricane Patricia spares Mexican cities, roars through remote villages | Reuters

Hurricane Patricia spares Mexican cities, roars through remote villages | Reuters: "Hurricane Patricia caused less damage than feared on Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday, but hammered an isolated part of the shoreline dotted with luxury villas and fishing villages, where the storm and its 165 mph (266 kph) winds landed.

Thousands of residents and tourists fled the advance of the storm, one of the strongest in recorded history, seeking refuge in hastily arranged shelters."



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Why Hurricane Patricia Didn’t Cause Epic Damage | TIME

Why Hurricane Patricia Didn’t Cause Epic Damage | TIME: "Hurricane Patricia—the strongest hurricane ever recorded—made landfall on Friday without causing the catastrophic damage that many had anticipated. That lack of destruction is in large part due to the storm’s record winds staying confined to a small area and hitting a relatively unpopulated region."



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Friday, October 23, 2015

Mexico Braces for Hurricane Patricia as Tourists Evacuate - WSJ

Mexico Braces for Hurricane Patricia as Tourists Evacuate - WSJ: "MEXICO CITY—Mexico began to evacuate tourists from their hotels in the luxury resort of Puerto Vallarta, while residents scrambled to board up their homes ahead of the imminent arrival of Hurricane Patricia, the strongest storm ever recorded in the Western hemisphere with top winds near 200 mph."



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Hurricane Patricia bears down on Mexico - CNN.com

Hurricane Patricia bears down on Mexico - CNN.com: " the strongest hurricane ever recorded -- barreled closer and closer Friday to Mexico's Pacific coast, where residents have been told to brace for its 200-mph sustained winds and torrential rains.

The excessive wind speeds, according to the head of the Mexican agency that includes its national weather service, "makes Patricia the most dangerous storm in history.""



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What You Need To Know About 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Patricia : The Two-Way : NPR

What You Need To Know About 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Patricia : The Two-Way : NPR: "ome have compared this to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in 2013. There are some important distinctions between those two storms. Haiyan's winds (either 174 mph or 196 mph, depending on which estimate is used) were estimated using satellite observations. Patricia's winds are confirmed by U.S. Hurricane Hunter aircraft that flew into the storm and measured the actual winds and atmospheric pressure.

Patricia is a "small" storm — the most powerful winds don't extend very far beyond its eye, perhaps only about 30 or 40 miles"



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Philippines Still Reeling from Typhoon Koppu - World - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

Philippines Still Reeling from Typhoon Koppu - World - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com: "One of the most devastated communities is the Aurora province. CBN Disaster Relief is providing for the immediate needs of families there.

They responded by distributing six kilos of rice along with canned goods, noodles, and milk, as well as urgently needed medical care.

CBN is not only bringing relief but teaching residents how to prepare for the next storm. The Guardian reports that on average 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year."



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Typhoon Koppu death toll reaches 54 as Philippines battles devastating floods | World news | The Guardian

Typhoon Koppu death toll reaches 54 as Philippines battles devastating floods | World news | The Guardian: "Typhoon Koppu death toll reaches 54 as Philippines battles devastating floods
Half a million people have been forced from their homes as torrential rains submerge villages along the coast"



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Hurricane Patricia: Powerful storm menaces Mexico - CNN.com

Hurricane Patricia: Powerful storm menaces Mexico - CNN.com: "(CNN)Patricia -- the strongest hurricane ever recorded -- barreled closer and closer Friday morning to Mexico's Pacific coast, where residents have been told to brace for its 200-mph sustained winds and torrential rains.

The Miami-based meteorological center, in its 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) advisory, warned of a "potentially catastrophic landfall ... in southwestern Mexico"



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