On Wednesday night, November 20th, 2013, (Thursday, November 21st in Manila, Philippines) the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) participated in the Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia (PASIA)’s Annual World Conference via Skype. During this teleconference, SDMI briefed over 300 senior business leaders on emergency management and economic recovery after a disaster. Attendees of the conference represented various businesses throughout the Pacific region.
After news of the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan, SDMI made contact with the Director of Operations and Interim President of the American Logistics Aid Network in order to offer its assistance to those affected by Haiyan. In turn, SDMI was connected with the CEO of PASIA and asked to participate in the upcoming conference to provide insight and counsel regarding response to and recovery from a major disaster.
Executive Director of SDMI Joseph Booth, and Director of Business Development Pat Santos, participated in the conference, briefing from a shared slide deck while providing perspective based on many years of experience from past catastrophic events in Louisiana, such as Hurricane Katrina.
“Activities such as these are in line with SDMI’s mission to reach out and assist regions which have been impacted by a disaster,” said Santos. “We are here to provide assistance and capabilities as needed to help the Philippines recover from this devastating event.” According to Booth, “ As the affected areas of Haiyan transition from lifesaving response to long term recovery, they will still need the assistance of the world community to recover and restore their ability to self-sustain individual communities. SDMI is a resource that is at their disposal in this regard.”
SDMI was able to share nationally recognized best practices for economic recovery, including the functions of the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LABEOC), as well as how to begin outreach for business resiliency through SDMI’s Center for Business Preparedness. … Read the rest
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SDMI participates in the Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia (PASIA) Annual World Conference via Skype
Dear Friends and Colleagues, On Friday November 8th, super-typhoon Haiyan swept through Tacloban, the provincial capital of the island of Leyte, leaving the city in ruins and its population of more than 200,000 in desperate conditions. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, devastated a massive central portion of the Philippines and continued its destructive and deadly path, also making landfall in Vietnam and inflicting more damage and suffering. SDMI is monitoring the response and will provide updates on…
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On Friday September 8th, super-typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines leaving the country in ruins and its population in desperate conditions. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, has devastated a massive central portion of the Philippines and continued its destructive and deadly path to Vietnam, inflicting more damage and suffering. SDMI is continuing to monitor the response and will provide updates on response and recovery efforts.
One of the world’s most massive relief efforts is currently underway to help this area in desperate need. This effort will require support from across the globe to assist in both immediate and long-term recovery. As experts in Disaster Management, with direct experience in catastrophic events, SDMI recognizes that every effort helps in these times of need. To assist and spread the word in the response and recovery mission, SDMI encourages you to consider making any contribution you can, large or small, to any of the international agencies that are providing support to the recovery process.
- Storm made landfall on Nov. 7-8 with sustained winds of 195 mph, gusting to 235 mph; estimated 33 ft. storm surge that moved 1-2 miles inland
- Close to 800,000 were evacuated in advance of the storm
- 13 million people have been affected
- Central Samar and Leyte coastal areas were hardest hit – over 90% of buildings in Tacloban, Leyte have been destroyed
- Philippine government has raised death toll to 4,011. Among the dead were 2 US citizens
- Displaced toll: more than 4 million (of those about 350,000 are being housed in 1,560 evacuation centers)
- Injured toll: 18,557
- Missing toll: 1,602
- Clean water is scarce, US military and Philippine officials are working to install 20,000 gallon water tanks in three locations for public use
- An estimated 2.5 million people are in need of food aid. Partners estimate they have reached over 814,000 with food aid to date, mainly in Leyte province.