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BBC

Fi Glover

17 January 2018

Cuba

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Following a devastating hurricane in the early 1960s, Cuba created a model disaster preparedness infrastructure that includes excellent forecasting, education in schools and promoting a culture of nationwide training ...

BBC

Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

16 January 2018

Cuba

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Cuba has one of the world’s lowest storm fatality rates in part because citizens learn how to prepare and respond to hurricanes beginning in elementary school. Children know where to go in an evacuation, neighbors ope...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Daniella Cheslow

4 January 2018

Puerto Rico

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Solar power is a great advancement for renewable energy, but traditionally relies on connecting to a grid in order to function correctly. So when hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, even those with solar panels lost access to...

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Allison Griner

18 December 2017

United States

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A comic book of Syrian folktales takes into consideration the wellbeing of children in a situation otherwise characterized by hardship and trauma. Whether they are living in the warn-torn country or in a refugee camp,...

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Gregory Scruggs

17 December 2017

Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda

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Bringing data analysis technology into post-disaster scenarios can improve methods of allocating funding for disaster relief and reconstruction projects. The UN and Microsoft have partnered to develop the Building Da...

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Erica Cirino

16 November 2017

Anguilla

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The 2017 hurricane season resulted in damage to the Caribbean. YachtAid and Superyacht Aid Coalition are comprised of people who volunteer their yachts to bring supplies and aid to these damaged regions.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jasmine Garsd

Andrea Crossan

12 October 2017

Puerto Rico

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One group of women roams shelters searching for Puerto Rican vets after Hurricane Maria, where there are “around 75,000 US Army veterans living.” “This is Americans helping Americans. These veterans were stationed in ...

Pacific Standard

A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

15 September 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey showed the power of social media to share real-time alerts and information as well as get resources to people more quickly when official channels like crisis hotlines are clogged. Officials ...

The New York Times

Richard Fausset

12 September 2017

United States

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Recently, a wave of hurricanes and tropical storms have ravaged various communities with floodwaters in the United States. This article highlights an upward trend in the U.S. government's hurricane preparedness and st...

Christian Science Monitor

Scott Peterson

27 July 2017

Hargeisa, Somalia

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In the face of severe drought and one of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II, nations on the Horn of Africa are fighting to stave off famine and the spread of disease. Some places, like Somaliland, have b...

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Sahar Zand

9 May 2017

Guayubín, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

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Jason Friesen, an American paramedic who had served in Haiti after the earthquake, realized that many poor communities in the Caribbean were lacking the equivalent of the United States’ 911 emergency medical services,...

Vice

Anna Patton

16 November 2016

Kampala, Uganda

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Uganda's open policy allows refugees to start a new life – and even a new business. But not all of them thrive due to governmental restrictions and limited cash flow.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) International

Deepak Adhikari

2 November 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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After an earthquake hit Nepal, the government and NGOs struggled to respond fast enough, so local entrepreneurs stepped up to respond in efficient, creative ways. A Nepalese architect designed homes that would withst...

The Straits Times

Priscilla Goy

29 August 2016

New Delhi, Rajasthan, India

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A weatherproof tent for homeless families performed well in a pilot, winning design awards and public praise, even before becoming commercially available. The tent requires no tools to set up and can fit two adults an...

The Atlantic

Robinson Meyer

2 May 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Whenever there’s a natural catastrophe, a team of “crisis mappers” activate around the world. These volunteers use crowdsourcing tools to turn satellite data into digital maps, which are then used to make decisions on...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

25 April 2016

Nepal

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For one village in Nepal, there's a silver lining to the earthquake: A year later, a new and better health clinic is rising from the rubble of the old. And it includes a birthing center.

BBC

Allan Urry

9 February 2016

York, United Kingdom

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After record-breaking rainfall and flooding, the city of York was at a loss for relief and reconstruction ideas. They turned to the Dutch city of Nijmegen, which had experienced similar flooding and found a solution i...

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Catherine Cheney

12 January 2016

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Last year, Team Rubicon carried out 35 domestic operations and three international operations, with overlapping missions in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Barikiki, Kiribati, as well as an operation in Roseau, Dominica. The hu...

Elite Daily

Alexandra Svokos

11 November 2015

Columbia, South Carolina, United States

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Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization of military veterans that provides disaster relief, has provided relief after flooding in Detroit, tornadoes in Oklahoma, a typhoon in the Philippines and an earthquake in Nepal...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

27 April 2015

Nepal

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Citizen cartographers around the globe are tracing and checking roads, buildings, and open spaces to assist people on the ground. You can help.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 April 2013

Aceh, Indonesia

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In a lot of places, food is available and the market is working but people are too poor to buy it, so cash donations are more effective than food. Previously U.S. aid laws did not allow cash donations but a new propos...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

11 May 2010

Haiti

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Building Markets, an NGO, has connected Haitian businesses with foreign NGOs who can funnel humanitarian aid through the local suppliers and manufacturers in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010. Typica...

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