Wednesday, October 12, 2005

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

We all know how many devasting events have taken place, especially with the most recent disaster in Pakistan. Today is the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction and certainly a good thing at that with the recent devastation in Pakistan. Switzerland is internationally recognized as being ahead of the game when it comes to preparing and being ready for a natural disaster. Switzerland actually spends SFr2.5 billion ($1.95 billion) a year to insure their success. Considering their reaction to the August 2005 flooding, the Swiss are doing a pretty good job.

I guess there is always some room for improvement and that is where PLANAT comes into play. They look at gaps and ways the Swiss can improve in order to be ready for any natural disaster that gets thrown at them. An interesting read if you want to check it out and be aware of what goes into being prepared for a natural disaster.

Speaking of threats, I guess Geneva is actually on heightened alert today. Pretty scary and odd that somewhere like Switzerland would be hit with this. Let's hope this is just rumor and everything is just fine.

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