BEMA International emergency management and community members
Each of us has to step up our A-Game in preparing for disasters and awareness, and understanding of the impact of climate change now not later when danger is at your door. Get involved locally in CERT (community emergency response team) training, local exercises, local council and challenge elected officials and candidates.
Community\Civil Society Imperative does not exist without the individual and community members.
|NOVEMBER 08, 2019
From tsunamis in Asia and earthquakes Latin America, to hurricanes in the Caribbean and cyclones in Africa, disasters caused by natural hazards claimed some 1.3 million lives between 1998 and 2017, and wreaked untold havoc on livelihoods and infrastructure worldwide.
A primary school in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo credit: Quang Vu/Shutterstock
We see no sign of the risk posed by natural hazards decreasing, particularly having witnessed the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai on families and communities in Africa earlier this year. What’s worse, climate change is making storms, floods, droughts, and heatwaves even more frequent, damaging, and deadly.
Black Emergency Managers Association
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Washington, D.C. 20020
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.
In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.
Procrastination is still the thief of time.
Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity.
This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos or community.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here: Chaos or Community’.
Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and Partnering (C5&P)