After a prolonged period of heavy rainfall in the latter half of July 2013, over 280 homes sustained damage from flooding in Nishi-Izucho, Shizuoka Prefecture. PBV conducted emergency relief activities from 22nd July to 30th July, during which time 35 volunteers (totaling 108 work days) worked to help those affected.
This year, Peace Boat celebrates its 30th anniversary. As part of our 80th Global Voyage around-the-world itinerary, Peace Boat’s vessel the “Ocean Dream” will call in at the port of Ishinomaki in October for the first time in its history.
While assessing the affected areas, PBV’s representatives spent some time assisting with administrative tasks at the main Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in the area, Serve Moore. Serve Moore was formed in the immediate aftermath of the May 20th tornado by a coalition of local churches in order to accommodate the influx of volunteers from all over the U.S who came to assist those affected by the disaster. The VRC took in more than 4000 volunteers per day at the peak of its activity and is still regularly taking in over 1000 volunteers, especially on the weekends when it generally attracts more local and out-of-town volunteers. Upon arrival at the center, […]
Two of PBV’s representatives arrived in the Oklahoma City area on June 13th.
They have visited the areas of Oklahoma City, Moore, El Reno and Shawnee which were affected by tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather conditions in order to conduct an initial assessment of the damage and to gauge the needs on the ground.
U.S. Tornado Relief Update
PBV is dispatching an assessment team to Oklahoma in order to determine the most effective way in which we can provide assistance to the people in the affected areas.
PBV extends its deepest condolences to all of those affected by the devastating tornadoes that have struck the Mid-West of the United States in recent days. In response, PBV has commenced fundraising activities for relief efforts and is working closely with partner organizations in the United States in order to deliver assistance as effectively as possible.
Global Disaster Risk Reduction: Sharing the Lessons Learnt from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
Global Disaster Risk Reduction: Sharing the Lessons Learnt from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami. Japanese NGOs attend the UNISDR conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
On May 9th, representatives of over 20 NGOs attended the “Post-Hyogo Framework for Action Civil Society Recommendation Proposal Workshop”.