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By Mark Cooper, Senior Director of Global Emergency Management, Walmart Stores, Inc.
On Saturday, Chris Poland, a structural engineer and the chairman and senior principal of Degenkolb Engineers, appeared on CCTV Americas to discuss engineering solutions that have helped make buildings more resilient during earthquakes.
Humanitarian organizations call it a crisis unlike any other. The worst drought in 60 years in Sub-Saharan Africa, coupled with conflict in Somali last year, left 13 million people at risk for starvation and malnutrition—a number greater than all the inhabitants of New York City and Los Angeles.
Common belief holds that every $1 spent on disaster preparedness saves $4 when a disaster happens. But is preparedness worth the initial $1 investment?
Learning from earthquakes through reconnaissance trips is a valued tradition at Degenkolb Engineers. Since our founding in 1940, our engineers have been observing damage after earthquakes through these trips and adjusting how we practice engineering as a result.
The New Orleans (LA) Regional Planning Commission (RPC) has partnered with Save the Children, the University of New Orleans, and parish emergency managers in southeast Louisiana to better prepare kids for disasters.