Licensed nurses, doctors and EMTs can offer help by looking after health needs of disaster victims. The volunteer position demands good public speaking skills and a passion for the Red Cross mission.
American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter received $15,000 from the Island Insurance Foundation for the organization's programs and services.
The programs include Disaster Relief, Safety Training, Military Services to the Armed Forces, International Services, Red Cross First Aid Stations, and Community Events and presentations. Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, said, "We are very grateful to Island Insurance for their compassion and support. Rapid disaster relief exercise in Cyprus: Briefing during a simulated crisis situation, such as an earthquake, near the Cyprus coast. In Cyprus, disaster management experts of the European Union tested a satellite based system for monitoring disaster areas. The exercise took place in the framework of the EU-project LIMES (Land and Sea Integrated Monitoring for European Security), which develops and applies satellite-based technologies in the field of security for Europe.
With the disaster training, the German Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and the medical help organisation "Johanniter Unfallhilfe" trained for emergencies under realistic conditions on the basis of a simulated earthquake, including a tsunami near the southern coast of Cyprus.
The involved LIMES partners brought together their expertise to jointly support the disaster relief workers with up to date satellite images and satellite maps as well as communication and on-site navigation technologies.
Furthermore, the United Nations is working to provide a web-based knowledge portal for disaster management and emergency measures for the disaster relief workers. The rapid access to such information is necessary because, after disasters like the earthquake in China or the cyclone in Myanmar, rescue teams need to find out as soon as possible what type of aid is needed where. By means of computer software, they then synchronise their observations on the ground with the satellite images and feed the data to a specialised network via satellite. The aim is to speed up the investigation of disaster areas so that the exact support that is needed arrives as soon as possible. Together with the medical help organisation "Johanniter Unfallhilfe" and the Cypriot Civil Protection, the THW regularly trains European investigation experts on behalf of the European Union. The one-week "Assessment Mission Course" (AMC) is part of an EU mechanism that has been supporting international cooperation in civil protection since 2002.
The civil protection organisations are connected by a headquarter in Brussels and a communication network to provide assistance. Natural disasters killed at least 150,000 people in the first half of this year, more than in the whole of 2004 when south-east Asia was struck by a tsunami, a top insurer said on Wednesday.

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. The Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies , supported by the International Federation, work with communities to reduce risk, mitigate the effects of, prepare to respond, respond to and recover from disasters. Disaster Management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters. When the capacity of a community or country to respond and recover from a disaster is overwhelmed, and upon request from the National Society, the International Federation uses its regional and international networks, assets and resources to bring assistance to the communities and National Red Cross Red Crescent Society which is assisting them.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. Six months after Superstorm Sandy ripped through New York, New Jersey and other Eastern seaboard states, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress finds that the federal government spent $136 billion on disaster relief from fiscal 2011 to 2013. Just as troubling, government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Management and Budget have failed to keep comprehensive tabs on the total levels of disaster-relief spending, the CAP report found, making it harder to properly budget for such spending.
Most disaster-relief spending a€“ like the $60 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package approved in January a€“ comes as the result of emergency supplemental bills authorizing outlays beyond those set by the standard budget and appropriations process. The most recent federal effort to estimate disaster-related costs came in 2011, according to the report. While OMBa€™s estimates included spending from 26 agencies and programs in 11 federal departments, CAP found 96 agencies or programs across 19 departments that had spent money on disaster assistance. For fiscal 2011 alone, OMB found that the federal government spent $2.5 billion on disasters.
CAP also says its calculations still include some holes where it couldna€™t determine how much was spent, such as for the disaster-related Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or emergency food stamps, run by the Department of Agriculture. The American Red Cross is also looking for volunteers who will educate people about how to respond to disasters. Their generosity will help us save lives and give hope to those in need throughout the State". On behalf of the European Commission, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has developed a system that enables disaster relief workers to access up to date satellite images while being in the field and exchange data among themselves. Finally, the satellite-based monitoring system has been demonstrated to the Cypriot Minister of the Interior, Neoklis Silikiotis, and the German ambassador, Rolf Kaiser, on 11 June 2008. Coordinated by the UN-SPIDER programme (United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response), this platform will soon offer the opportunity to supplement satellite scenes and maps following a disaster with information gained on the ground. Support is given by the new system from space: with the help of satellite images, the relief workers receive an overview on blocked roads or destroyed buildings.

The system is still in the prototype stage, but soon all involved organisations will be able to access the data directly over the network and supplement them with their own information.
In the context of advanced training, eleven investigators from various countries will be testing the new system under realistic operational conditions during the training exercise. An important part of the mechanism consists of common trainings and seminars for relief units from all over Europe. Recently, EU experts have been active after the earthquake in China and the cyclone in Myanmar. At an international level the International Federation advocates with Governments, international organisations and humanitarian donors for better practice and accountability in disaster management and greater respect of the dignity of the vulnerable people.
As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Those emergency spending measures, which traditionally passed with bipartisan support, have faced more resistance in the past couple of years as deficit hawks sought to offset the new spending with other cuts. As part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, OMB under then-director Jack Lew was required to look at the previous 10 years of disaster spending.
The CAP report identified $21.4 billion that year, including almost $11 billion in federal crop insurance due to the drought that year that wasna€™t included in the OMB tally. On the other hand, some of the programs included in the Cap analysis might also cover other purposes beyond disaster relief and recovery. Billion-dollar weather-related disasters have become increasingly common, even adjusting for inflation, over the past three decades, thanks to climate changeA and U.S.
Volunteers will help respond to house fires, open shelters for evacuees and feed emergency response teams. More details can be seen on the United Way of Cascade County's free volunteer website www. The Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies therefore focus on community-based disaster preparedness, which assists communities to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and strengthen their capacities to resist them.
In coming up with the average annual funding for disaster relief, though, OMBa€™s process called for throwing out the highest and lowest annual totals, including the $37 billion spent in 2005 because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily.

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