What happened this week?
Tropical Storm Andrea drenches Florida's west coast
Heavy rains and 60 mph winds pounded the west coast of south Florida from the Keys to the Tampa area Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center reported... Read more
NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season“This year, oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic basin are expected to produce more and stronger hurricanes,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “These conditions include weaker wind shear, warmer Atlantic waters and conducive winds patterns coming from Africa."... Read more
Here's a look at some hurricane statistics, as the 2013 hurricane season kicks off... Read more
What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?
New action plan launched in South America to promote resilience, risk reduction, and preparedness towards disasters
After Asia, the Americas are the region in the world most prone to disasters, but suffering the highest economic losses globally resulting from disasters. There is much to gain from preparing better. A recent study conducted in Ecuador shows that each dollar spent on disaster preparedness to floods saved 9 dollars in subsequent relief response and rehabilitation... Read more