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Earthquake alert service has potential for future disaster preparedness

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The World Agency for Planetary Monitoring and Earthquake Risk Reduction (WAPMERR) together with Swiss Seismological Service has developed an earthquake alert service available to interested agencies and individuals.

Weather insurance for African farmers

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Insurance company Zurich Financial Services has partnered with a Swiss government agency and UN group International Labor Organisation (ILO) to provide microinsurance to African farmers.

Malaysia Mercy trains UEM employees in disaster preparedness

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UEM Group Berhad, a subsidiary of the Malaysian government, provides a range of services including engineering and construction, property, and environmental services. UEM is in partnership with Mercy Malaysia, an NGO that trains UEM volunteers in disaster preparedness and response. This structured...

Promoting safer operations and emergency preparedness in China

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Dow Chemical Company is a diversified chemical company that offers a broad range of products and services. A partnership between the ministry of environmental protection (MEP), UNEP, and Dow promotes chemical safety, emergency preparedness and safer production in the chemical sector in China.

Siemens helps to create a portable water filtration unit

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Natural disasters often affect water infrastructure leading to contaminated drinking water and outbreaks of water born disease. As a part of their Siemens Caring Hands programme Siemens collaborated with SkyJuice Foundation to create SkyHydrant a portable water filtration unit.

Sompo Japan Insurance helps to develop puppet play that teaches disaster awareness

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Under its “Education for Disaster Reduction” programme, Sompo Japan Insurance supports non-profits in presenting a puppet show for disaster awareness.

Indonesia's tourism industry is getting tsunami ready

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Following the Asian tsunami the Indonsesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism has partnered with the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) to improve tsunami readiness amongst hotels. The initiative is supported by the German Centrum für Migration und Entwicklung (CIM).

Streamlined disaster policy improves customer safety

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Tokyo Gas supplies natural gas to customers throughout Japan. Tokyo Gas has developed clear guidelines for earthquake preparedness in key phases - prevention policies, emergency policies, and restoration policies.

Mercy Malaysia trains PETRONAS employees in disaster response

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PETRONAS, the multinational petroleum corporation, has partnered with Mercy Malaysia to develop a structured volunteer programme known as the PETRONAS volunteer opportunity programme (PVOP).

The Glass Power Campaign improves earthquake safety

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In earthquake prone areas, broken glass window panes can cause serious damage and render evacuation shelters unusable. The Asahi Glass Company has developed laminated glass, a product which stays in the windowpanes when broken. The Glass Power Campaign was then developed to educate the community...