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Science and technology in crisis response

Science and technology in crisis response

Amina Aitsi-Selmi, Kevin Blanchard and Virgina Murray describe work to ensure that the role of science and technology is accorded the role it deserves within disaster risk reduction

  • New technology
  • UNISDR
  • WCDDR
Mitigating seismic risk in Istanbul

Mitigating seismic risk in Istanbul

Turkey has vowed to make all 80,000 of the country’s schools disaster-proof by 2018, senior officials told the WCDRR. Here, Kazim Gökhan Elgin describes work in Istanbul to make schools – and society in general – more earthquake resistant

  • Capacity building
  • Earthquake
  • Preparedness
  • Resilience
  • UNISDR
  • WCDDR
Don't sideline young voices

Don't sideline young voices

One of the attendees at Sendai, 20-year-old Ariadyne Acunha from Brazil, presents a personal perspective on how the WCDRR addressed the concerns of young people and to what extent it involved them in the proceedings

  • UNISDR
  • WCDDR
Gender and the Sendai Framework

Gender and the Sendai Framework

Some argue that disasters are gender-neutral. Unfortunately, says Kevin Blanchard, societal and cultural aspects mean that certain groups continue to be more negatively affected

  • Capacity building
  • Gender issues
  • UNISDR
  • WCDDR
Sendai implications for culture and heritage

Sendai implications for culture and heritage

Marcus Dean and Giovanni Boccardi say the WCDRR marked a pivotal moment for the field of culture, as it provided a perfect platform to raise awareness of the intrinsic links between culture, heritage and disaster risk reduction

  • Heritage
  • UNISDR
  • WCDDR
Attack the network, not the victims

Attack the network, not the victims

With images of adults and children dying in the Mediterranean Sea appearing virtually every day in the media, Dave Sloggett looks at what might be done to curb this illegal trade in human beings

  • Migrants
  • Refugees
Fire protection in refugee camps

Fire protection in refugee camps

George Bryant has worked with teams in Thailand and Kenya to conduct fire needs assessments in refugee camps. Here, he presents the teams’ findings and recommendations

  • Fire
  • Migrants
  • Refugees
Civil disturbance manifests as xenophobia

Civil disturbance manifests as xenophobia

In 2008 a xenophobic outbreak in South Africa left more than 60 dead and displaced thousands, reports Hilary Phillips. In March and April, South Africans protested violently against the presence of migrant workers from other parts of Africa

  • Migrants
  • Refugees
  • South Africa
Interpreting satellite imagery

Interpreting satellite imagery

High-resolution satellite imagery is increasingly being used to document displaced population camps. A new guide, which will help volunteers and students, has been published to assist with interpreting such imagery

  • Future Technology
  • Mapping
  • Refugees & IDPs
  • Satellite technology
Satellite services and disaster response

Satellite services and disaster response

As illustrated by the recent earthquake in Nepal – there is a pressing need for better emergency response efforts, says Omar Iqbal, who outlines a vision for improving satellite services for disaster responders

  • Safety
  • Solar
Tracking solutions

Tracking solutions

Clemente Fuggini describes the Spartacus project, which is developing a suite of smartphone applications and satellite tracking solutions to help emergency management in crisis operations

  • New technology
  • Satellite technology
UAVs and computer systems in crisis management

UAVs and computer systems in crisis management

In part II of this series looking at how technology can be harnessed to help responders in the field, Pierre Madl explores the utilisation of smart unmanned vehicles

  • Command / Control
  • In Depth
  • Personnel protection
  • UAVs & Drones
What has changed since Hurricane Ivan?

What has changed since Hurricane Ivan?

Jeremy Collymore examines some of the key developments that have been made across the Caribbean region to improve humanitarian response in the ten years since Hurricane Ivan

  • Capacity building
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Extreme Climate
  • In Depth
  • Natural Crisis
Search and rescue after landslide

Search and rescue after landslide

Thomas J Richardson continues his in-depth examination of urban search and rescue at the landslide in Washington State, which engulfed a whole community as it spread across an immense area

  • In Depth
  • Mudflows
  • Search & Rescue
  • USA
  • USAR
Testing crisis co-ordination

Testing crisis co-ordination

Hilde Bøhn provides a brief overview of an exercise in Norway that involved 30 different national and international agencies, together with around 3,000 people

  • CBRN
  • DG ECHO
  • Europe
  • On Exercise
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