Information on Emergency Response, Social Impacts, and Community Resilience from the April 25, 2015, Nepal Earthquake.


Government Aid Yet to be Distributed

September 15, 2015 by  
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According to an article by Reuters, the Nepali government has yet to spend the roughly 4 billion dollars of donated relief money. Rather than diving straight into reconstruction, they’ve attempted to first make changes which they believe will create greater stability in the long run. However, this...


Post-Disaster Recovery Wisdom

June 1, 2015 by  
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Find in the link below “a pocket book of wisdom from over 100 recovery leaders who share the messages they wish they’d had.” The book has 9 key messages: Having a noble purpose Being ethical Being intentional Making decisions Keeping perspective Leading with empathy Being innovative Supporting...


Preparing for the unforseen: How Nepal is preparing for large aftershocks and monsoons

May 27, 2015 by  
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Erica C. Fischer, Candice S. Avanes, and Lauren Biscombe The nation of Nepal has had many trials to overcome with rebuilding a number of cities and villages due to the damage and destruction caused by the April 25th Gorkha earthquake and with the monsoon season imminently approaching. However, on May...


Structural Evaluation Equipment Needed

May 21, 2015 by  
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EERI’s New York-Northeast Regional Chapter recently received an urgent request for structural evaluation equipment for local teams doing building assessments in Nepal. The request was routed to us from INCLUDED.org who is serving as NGO coordinator for assessments in Kathmandu. The equipment needed...


Volunteering for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team: A Guest Post!

May 19, 2015 by  
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Roland Martin is a GIS specialist in Arup’s Los Angeles infrastructure group. He recently volunteered online with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (previously discussed in an earlier post) to assist in the mapping effort for Nepal. Below is a guest post by Roland on his experiences with OpenStreetMap...


World Affairs Council: Rebuilding in Nepal

May 14, 2015 by  
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Candice S. Avanes & Lauren Biscombe On May 13, 2015, the World Affairs Council hosted a panel discussion that focused on Rebuilding in Nepal. The event took place in downtown San Francisco, CA. The panel consisted of the following three individuals:         Norbu Tenzing, Vice President...


How technology has improved emergency response in Nepal

Erica C. Fischer & Lauren Biscombe Search and Rescue With new natural and man made disasters comes new applications of existing technology. The recent earthquake in Nepal has highlighted this through crowdsourcing data (check out our previous post), and more recently through the application of NASA...


How You Can Help: Crowdsourced Volunteering

May 12, 2015 by  
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Lauren Biscombe [& Erica C. Fischer] People like to help. But not everyone can, or should, go to Nepal to help out in person. There are, however, a variety of different ways you can help out from home. And considering today’s large aftershock, there may be a renewed need for online volunteers....


Volunteering as an Emergency Responder

May 8, 2015 by  
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Lauren Biscombe If you’re interested in becoming an emergency responder, one way to go about it is by adding yourself to the database organized by the Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Committee of NCSEA. Here is their matrix of requirements for emergency responders. The Applied...


Planning for the Future: How to create a resilient and sustainable Nepal

May 6, 2015 by  
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Erica C. Fischer, Candice S. Avanes, and Lauren Biscombe One of the biggest questions after a natural disaster is: “how will we rebuild?” This is a careful balance of rebuilding too fast with poor construction, and taking too long to plan. The media puts a lot of pressure on governments to plan and...


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