Disaster Preparedness – A Big Issue for DELGOSEA Countries

Disaster Preparedness – A Big Issue for DELGOSEA Countries

In these times of climate change and increased risks of natural disasters, it is vital for countries in Asia-Pacific to be well prepared. DELGOSEA best practices can provide inspiration on disaster preparedness for other communities in the region.

A recent article in Business World Online drew attention to the vulnerability of the Philippines and other Asian countries to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, storms and other natural disasters. According to a study by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, eight out of the ten cities most exposed to natural hazards are in the Philippines, with over half of the 100 most exposed cities being in Asia.

Even before the publication of such studies, the DELGOSEA network had taken the topic of disaster preparedness very serious and both best practice and pilot cities were keen to share knowledge and experiences.

One best practice, for example, comes from the city of Olongapo in the Philippines, where the centralisation of crisis management has led to a vast improvement in the handling of emergency situations.  Not surprisingly, another example of how to deal with emergencies faster and more efficiently, also comes from the Philippines, from Cebu City, where a new rescue service has cut the response time to emergency calls substantially.

Take a look at these and other inspiring best practices at: http://www.delgosea.eu/cms/Best-Practices/Introduction

You can download the best practice description of Olongapo at: http://www.delgosea.eu/cms/Downloads/Best-Practices-on-Local-Governance