Rick Jervis USA TODAY Published 8:36 AM EDT Oct 2, 2018 PUNTA SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico – The fishing pier jutting off the beach in this small fishing community was once the hub of local activity. Today, it sits in splinters. Blue tarps cover rows of roofs on nearby concrete homes and the beachside fish shack, which just a year ago served fresh-caught fried snapper sandwiches, is shuttered. “It’s like the hurricane hit yesterday,” said Antonio Torres, head of the local fishermen’s association. “Everything that was promised never arrived.” A year after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, federal disaster coordinators point to the billions of dollars in disaster relief funds and expertise that has spread through the island, helping to patch thousands of roofs, reopen businesses and restore power to all corners of the island. Last month, President Donald Trump called recovery efforts in Puerto Rico an “incredible unsung … [Read more...] about Hurricane Maria: After storm, Puerto Rico recovery is uneven and slow
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opinion Dean Seavers Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EDT Sep 19, 2018 Let's suppose, for argument's sake, that you question whether climate change is real, or whether it will really affect you. You're not alone. More than a third of Americans say they don't worry much or at all about global warming and a third say it's exaggerated in the news. More than half say it won't pose a serious threat in their lifetimes, and 12 percent say it will never be a threat. Still, amid the devastation left by Florence and past hurricanes, the extreme weather is a little tougher to question or ignore. Extreme weather has its origins, of course, in extreme temperatures. The four hottest years globally on record? That would be the last four, in this order: 2016, 2015, 2017, and 2014. Water levels have also been rising along our coasts, and we can expect a four-foot increase by the end of the century if we don't phase out excessive use of fossil fuels by 2050.That … [Read more...] about After Hurricane Florence, how to reduce power outages and climate change
Brought to you by Worldwide, natural disasters are occurring more regularly and with greater ferocity. This new documentary explains the risks and offers tips on protecting your home The exciting documentary Built to Last? begins broadcasting this summer on channels in the UK and across the world. Filmed in the UK, Philippines and the US by independent British documentary producer Rockhopper Media, it examines the many hazards homeowners around the world face and powerfully makes the point that, though ways exist to make buildings far more resilient, most homeowners are never offered the options by the property industry or government. The film is inspired by the book Resilience – The Ultimate Sustainability, written by retired building industry expert Aris Papadopoulos, whose non-profit Resilience Action Fund funded its production. The World Bank considered it important enough to co-fund. A World Trade Centre 9/11 survivor, Papadopoulos draws on his industry-insider … [Read more...] about How can our homes and communities better withstand natural disasters?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest White House defends Melania Trump's 'Be Best' plan in copying Obama-era booklet White House swings back at critics who say her Be Best campaign to promote kids' well-being copied a booklet by the Obama administration. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 21 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Maria Puente, USA TODAY Published 3:03 a.m. ChT May 9, 2018 | Updated 5:34 a.m. ChT May 9, 2018 CLOSE The first lady has been relatively silent during this presidency. But Monday she announced her initiative. It was a bit baffling. Take a look at our favorite jokes, then vote for yours at usatoday.com/opinion. USA TODAY Opinion_Eileen Rivers CONNECT … [Read more...] about White House defends Melania Trump’s ‘Be Best’ plan in copying Obama-era booklet
The Youth Challenge Vanuatu (YCV) under the Youth Centre Services — Volunteer Program has awarded Certificates of Participation to 33 youth who attended two trainings — the Disaster Risk Management (DRR) and the Participatory, Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST).The DRR training is conducted with 21 youth members (16 females) aged 18 – 35 who are YCV members, in Port Vila on the 1st to 3rd of May 2018.The Introduction to Disaster Management (IDM) and Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) course is one of six courses available to Pacific Island countries to assist with their efforts to build greater capacity for coordination of preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery initiatives in support of countries’ national plans and arrangements. The IDM and EOC course conducted looks to provide information and skills necessary for persons to better understand and fulfil their assigned roles in disaster management. Vanuatu is one of the most hazardous-prone … [Read more...] about Introduction to Disaster Management and EOC Course