Jakarta (ANTARA) - In the wake of Disaster Preparedness Day on April 26, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has planned to involve around 50 million people in a simulation and drill to test their preparedness in dealing with catastrophes. "This year, we have set a target of 50 million participants to join a simple simulation drill," the agency's Deputy for Prevention and Preparedness, Bernardus Wisnu Widjaja, told journalists in Jakarta on Friday. Those participating in the simulation and drill were expected to understand threats and how to conduct a secure self-evacuation," he said Widjaja revealed that this year's Disaster Preparedness Day would highlight the theme, "Making women the central point of disaster preparedness, and home as the first school for families to understand the concept of secure self-evacuation". As a result of the Lembang Fault, the West Java area of Lembang was chosen to be the center for commemorating this year's Disaster … [Read more...] about 50 million people to participate in disaster preparedness drill: BNPB
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In a November TEDWomen talk, Huntington, West Virginia fire chief Jan Rader detailed her city’s approach to fighting the opioid epidemic. West Virginia has the country’s highest opioid overdose death rate. Huntington opened a clinic specializing in addiction treatment and created a Quick Response Team, whose members visit people who have recently overdosed, offering support. In her talk, Rader added that overdoses are down 40% in Cabell County, where Huntington is located. Addiction to opioids has caused a surge in fatal drug overdoses all across the country. But in West Virginia, the epidemic has proven particularly deadly. The state had the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the US in 2014, 2015, and 2016, according to data published by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. In one West Virginia city, however, a woman named Jan Rader has been fighting against that trend. Rader, a registered nurse and the first female fire chief of Huntington, West … [Read more...] about A fire chief in West Virginia helped change her city’s approach to the opioid epidemic. Now overdoses in her county are down 40%.
JILL COLVIN, LISA MASCARO, and ALAN FRAM AP, 12:58 AM WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers expressed optimism Friday that the Trump administration would spare billions of dollars in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico as they search for money to build the president’s promised border wall. Backlash Friday was swift to news that the White House had directed the Army Corps of Engineers to comb through its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds that Congress earmarked last year, to search for potential funding as President Donald Trump continues to weigh signing a national emergency declaration to build the wall without Congressional signoff. The details were spelled out by a congressional aide and administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Fla., tweeted that acting White House Chief of Staff … [Read more...] about GOP lawmakers sure disaster funds will not be used for wall
President Donald Trump was reportedly briefed on a proposal that would divert $US13.9 billion from civil works projects, including reconstruction efforts in Puerto Rico, to build a barrier on the US-Mexico border. The funds from the Army Corps of Engineers had not yet been distributed, but with a national emergency declaration, Trump would reportedly be able to tap into the funds and spend it on a border wall. The emergency plan would reportedly allow Trump to utilise the $US2.4 billion and $US2.5 billion set aside for civil projects ranging from flood prevention in California, to reconstruction efforts in the hurricane-affected US territory of Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump was reportedly briefed on a proposal that would divert $US13.9 billion from civil-works projects, including reconstruction efforts in Puerto Rico, to build a barrier on the US-Mexico border, according to multiple news reports published Thursday. The funds from the Army Corps of Engineers had not yet … [Read more...] about Trump could end up taking money from Puerto Rico disaster funds to build his border wall
JILL COLVIN, LISA MASCARO, COLLEEN LONG and LOLITA C. BALDOR AP, January 10, 2019 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress. The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to comb through its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds that Congress earmarked last year, to see what money could be diverted to the wall as part of a declaration. That’s according to a congressional aide and administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. It is the latest sign that the administration is laying the groundwork for a possible emergency order as negotiations between … [Read more...] about Trump administration eyes disaster money to fund border wall