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BLOG | Leave No-one Behind: Why Disability Inclusion Matters

03 July 2018: Asia-Pacific, the world’s most disaster-prone region, is home to 650 million persons with disabilities. Due to their need for both regular and special support, disabled individuals are four times more likely to die in disasters. Unfortunately, the support they get is often not responsive to their needs as they are not included in the process of disaster risk reduction planning," writes Dr Arunee Limmanee, the Advisor for the Association of the Physically Handicapped of Thailand. Read more>>



BLOG | Tsunami Education Vital to Saving Lives in Myanmar

18 June 2018: It was on December 26, 2004, when my friends heard a loud roar from the sea. Intrigued by the sound, they ran to the beach. When they saw a massive wave rushing towards them, it was too late to escape,” recalled U Kan Sein, a Junior Assistant Teacher in Labutta Township, Myanmar. Read more>>


NEWS | Students Can Play an Active Role in Their Own Emergency Response

11 June 2018:   Emergency education and drills held in five tsunami prone schools in Thailand focused on empowering students to take a more active role in tsunami preparedness and response. Read more>>


NEWS | Mobile App Connects Stakeholders during Disasters

05 June 2018:  A mobile app tracking the evacuation of students and teachers during a tsunami drill provided disaster management officials with real time information from the issuance of the public advisory to their safe arrival at the evacuation sites. Read more>>


NEWS | When You Know that You will Face a Tsunami, it's Better to Be Prepared

25 May 2018:  Out of breath and exhausted after running uphill for 300 meters from her school, Losavati Dugutara, a grade seven student, is confident that she now knows what to do when an earthquake triggers a tsunami in Papua New Guinea. “I have been waiting and preparing for the drill since I heard about it,” Losavati said. Read more>>


NEWS | Evacuation Drills Help Schools in Myanmar Be Ready for Natural Hazards

16 May 2018:  The most tsunami-prone areas in Myanmar, Labutta and Ngaputaw townships, are preparing their schools for natural disasters. Students learnt about tsunami warning signs, mapped hazard zones and safe areas around their schools, got first-aid skills and practiced safe evacuation. Read more >>


NEWS | Building Tsunami Preparedness in Schools in Timor-Leste

14 May 2018:  Countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Timor-Leste are vulnerable to fast forming natural hazards like tsunamis. Evacuation drills are an effective way to increase awareness and preparedness among schools in high-risk coastal areas. Read more >>

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NEWS | Japan Highlights Collaboration with UNDP on Tsunami Preparedness in Schools in Asia-Pacific

29 March 2018 - The success of UNDP's project on tsunami preparedness in schools, in Asia and the Pacific, is being acclaimed by the Japanese government in a specially commissioned video. Shown in CNN, the the two-minute film features a evacuation drill in Indonesia. Read more>>



NEWS | Japan Pledges $1.5 million for Tsunami Awareness and Disaster Risk Information in Schools in Asia-Pacific

10 July 2017 - The Government of Japan has committed funding to UNDP to improve disaster risk information and carry out tsunami-awareness programmes and evacuation drills in schools across the Asia-Pacific region. Read more>>


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