Natural hazards such as floods, droughts and storms are having an increasing impact on people because human vulnerability is increasing. Vulnerability is related to inequality and injustice that exists within society and poor people are usually the most at risk. ‘Our vulnerability to disasters has never been so high. We have no choice. We need to move the disaster risk reduction agenda forward if we want to save lives.’ John Holmes
If forewarned is forearmed and you are in the NGO sector specifically in DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) there's a lecture on Disaster Risk Reduction Public Lecture: Regional Readiness. Disaster risk reduction is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and reduce the causal factors of disasters. Reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment and improving preparedness and early warning for adverse events are all examples of disaster risk reduction.
The event evaluates the Pacific Region’s aptitude to effectively detect/monitor, unambiguously decide, reliably relay/disseminate, and appropriately respond to all-hazards but with a key focus on tsunamis. The Media and Public will be invited to exchange knowledge with the experts.
They keynote speaker is Dr. Stuart Weinstein who is the Assistant Director Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in USA. The panelists are Koichi Katagiri the Director of Global ICT Strategy - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya director/Group Chief Executive Dialog Axiata PLC - Malaysia and Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne who is the General Secretary of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka.
Topics included are Advances in Tsunami Warning Systems Since the Great Sumatra Earthquake of 2004, Disaster Management and ICT in Japan, Robustness of the Axiata telecommunication networks and the potential in next generation networks and are the communities preparedness to respond appropriately. The lecture is open to all and you to register all you got to do is email them your details.