Natural Disasters

Lawmakers reintroduce bill to revise FEMA formula for natural disaster aid
Peoria Journal Star
PEORIA — Federal lawmakers from Illinois renewed their push Thursday to revise the aid formula used in determining how much the U.S. government provides to aid communities recovering from natural disasters. U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin and ...

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Water's Major Role in Disasters Not Matched in New Framework to Reduce Risk
Circle of Blue WaterNews
International negotiators in Japan last week signed a new agreement to protect communities from natural disasters like floods, droughts, cyclones, and tsunamis. The agreement, negotiated in Sendai, a northern Japanese city near the Pacific, aims to reduce ...

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Govt directive to districts on disaster relief
Assam Tribune
... Disaster Management Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman told the Assembly that the government would make it mandatory for the district administration to send the disaster relief proposals within four months from the date of occurrence of any natural calamity.


25 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas
The primary disaster counties in North Dakota are: Adams, Billings, Bottineau, Burke, Burleigh, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grand Forks, Hettinger, McHenry, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Ramsey, Renville, Stark, Traill, ...

Montana Amends Expands Surplus Lines Statute
JD Supra (press release)
Effective February 25, 2015, Montana's surplus lines law, Section 33-2-301 and 33-2-302, M.C.A., (the “Surplus Lines Insurance Law”) was expanded to authorize natural disaster multi-peril insurance to be sold as surplus lines insurance in the State of ...

The Economist

Natural disasters
The Economist
Some 12,700 people died as a result of natural or man-made disasters last year, the lowest number since 1986, according to Swiss Re, an insurer. Pay-outs from insurance companies fell by a fifth to $35 billion. But the number of natural disasters rose, ...

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Poor farmers bear heavy burden from increased frequency of natural disasters
Western Producer (subscription)
ROME, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Economic losses caused by natural disasters have tripled over the past decade, with farmers bearing nearly a quarter of the burden in poor countries, says a United Nations study. Floods, droughts, storms and ...

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Casinos, natural disasters and tuition
Arkansas City Traveler
None of us want to see a natural disaster, such as an ice storm, tornado or flood, occur in Kansas, but thinking realistically, we know it can happen. Therefore, the House and Senate unanimously passed SB 109, a bill that would reduce regulations and ...

The Japan Times

Students think outside the bowl with designs for emergency toilets
The Japan Times
SENDAI – Unique emergency toilets designed by groups of industrious high school girls are drawing praise as Japan looks for new ways to prepare for its next natural disaster. The students turned to the drawing board after being inspired by ...

Insured Losses From Disasters Below Average in 2014
CFO innovation ASIA
There were 189 natural catastrophe events in 2014, the highest ever on sigma records, causing global economic losses of US$110 billion. Around 12 700 people lost their lives in all disaster events, down from as many as 27 000 in 2013, making it one of the ...

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