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Selling the value of resilience

Selling the value of resilience

Disruptive incidents of all shapes and sizes can affect us, from macro events, such as the recent spate of devastating earthquakes or the global fi nancial crisis, through to micro events of localised utility disruption or an offi ce fi re, says Thomas Croall

A growing partnership

A growing partnership

Ørjan N Karlsson describes the work behind the steadily improving relationship between the European Union and the United Nations in disaster relief and civil protection

  • Comment
Doomed to repeat past

Doomed to repeat past

Craig Nemitz laments the collective and institutional memory loss when a disaster has not occurred for a while, saying this can lead to questioning of the role of emergency management

  • Comment
Copenhagen: The lost battle

Copenhagen: The lost battle

Patrick Lagadec looks at the recent UN Climate Change Conference, COP 15, saying that for a truly sustainable future, we must fi nd a shared desire to confront the realities of today, let alone those of tomorrow

  • Comment
Plans v Planning

Plans v Planning

One of the best responses to the observation that ‘No plan survives first contact with the enemy’ that Andy Marshall has heard is: “So why do we have them, then?”

  • Comment
EU response to earthquake

EU response to earthquake

Hans Das says it was clear early on that this incident would require a major response effort, including search and rescue, medical help, and assistance such as shelter and water sanitation

  • Incident
Search and rescue

Search and rescue

RAPID-UK responders Dan Cooke, Sophie Hensley and John Holland look at the international rescue aspects of the response to the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12

  • Incident
British Red Cross response

British Red Cross response

Henry Makiwa looks at the manifold ways in which the British Red Cross, and the ICRC, provided practical relief and assistance to those affected by the earthquake that struck Haiti

  • Partner
Vital drinking water

Vital drinking water

N icolas Hefner describes how the German organisation THW has provided essential drinking water for both survivors of the quake, and for international teams helping in the aid effort

  • Incident
Aiding self-sufficiency

Aiding self-sufficiency

The recent widespread destruction in Haiti highlights the need for self-suffi ciency among the emergency services, not only as individuals, but in relation to their equipment, says Mike Hall

  • Partner
Emergency medical aid

Emergency medical aid

The numbers of injured after the quake are still difficult to digest – an estimated 300,000 – says Alice Kociejowski of Médecins Sans Frontières

Second attack on train

Second attack on train

In November 2009, the high-speed Nevsky Express train once again came under terrorist attack, this time with the loss of 26 lives, reports Lina Kolesnikova

  • Incident
Dam blast disaster

Dam blast disaster

In August last year, an incident at Russia’s most powerful hydro-electric generating stations, at one of the world’s highest dams, killed 75 people. Alexander Kuvshinov describes the epic rescue and salvage efforts

  • Incident
Sweden's MSB: One year on

Sweden's MSB: One year on

Emily Hough speaks to Helena Lindberg, the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) which, despite only becoming operational last year, has already proved its mettle in a number of high profi le events

  • Interview
All eyes on South Africa

All eyes on South Africa

Less than 70 days to go and the world’s attention is focused on South Africa’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup, the fi rst ever to be held on the African continent; Hilary Phillips looks at safety and security issues

  • Focus
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