Disaster Resilience, Relief and Recovery News
Yesterday’s news that a second earthquake struck Mexico and that Hurricane Maria would be bearing down on Puerto Rico today left us with heavy hearts and feelings of disbelief — how much more could possibly happen? For reflections and practical advice, read Regine Webster's blog below to consider medium- to long-term needs when giving in disaster.
Hurricane Harvey clean-up has barely begun in Houston, and already it has faded from the headlines. Hurricane Irma, the earthquake in Mexico, South Asia flooding – all compete for our attention and support. And all are worthy.
“Housing, housing, housing.” That’s how Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner answered when recently asked about his priorities for this coming week. And with good reason, with tens of thousands still in emergency temporary shelters and an estimate of hundreds of thousands of houses destroyed or damaged, finding adequate housing will be an enormous challenge.
UPDATED: Hurricane Harvey struck southeastern Texas on Friday, August 25, 2017. Now as Tropical Storm Harvey, it continues to devastate the region with epic flooding in Houston and beyond, impacting millions of people.
As Mayor of Oakland, I am a strong believer in getting at the underlying challenges behind the problems our city faces. We must do more to invest in resilience because, whatever issue matters most to you, it’s going to be best solved through a resilience framework.
On May 31, NCG will be hosting the first event in its recently launched Disaster Resilience, Relief, and Recovery initiative, Flipping the Script on Disaster: A Tale of Three Resilient Cities. Mayor of Oakland, the Honorable Libby Schaaf will open the event by sharing her perspective on resilience, her city’s strategy, and how philanthropy can support the resilience of the region.
The sirens sounded in the quiet of the early morning today in San Francisco, marking the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire that devastated much of the city and caused damage along our coast from Eureka to Salinas. In the years that followed, the region recovered from that disaster and became a thriving metropolis.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund, which will support nonprofit organizations providing immediate and long-term relief and recovery assistance to flood victims in San Jose.
With our renewed capacity for disaster preparedness and focus on regional vibrancy and sustainability, NCG is now able to offer quick guides for disaster and crises. Here are some pointers for dealing with the current conditions caused by rain and snow.
Last Friday evening, a deadly fire brought tragedy to Oakland. Officials have confirmed that at least 36 people, many of them young adults, perished in the blaze at the Ghost Ship, an artist live-work space in the Fruitvale district. The final death toll is expected to rise. We are grieving and mourn this terrible loss together with our community.