18
Oct

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Haiti Emergency Response: Hurricane Matthew

Please click HERE to donate to survivors of Hurricane Matthew. In early October 2016, Hurricane Matthew tore through the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction across many countries in the region. The island nation of Haiti was especially devastated. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), over 2 million people have been affected, over 500 fatalities have been confirmed, and 750,000 people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The toll is expected to rise as more information from affected areas becomes available. PBV is proud to partner with nonprofit organisation World Cares Center to help the Haitian community recover from Hurricane Matthew. Since the 2010 […]

06
Sep

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English-language “Household Disaster Preparedness Planning” Workshop

PBV held the English-language “Household Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop” on 4th September 2016. 25 participants from 12 countries took part in the workshop, which was held at the “Shinjuku Bosai Festa”, a major disaster prevention festival in Tokyo. Over the course of 2 hours, the participants explored the following key workshop themes: “Understanding your household and surroundings”, “Visualizing a disaster”, and “Disaster preparedness and response”. The workshop covered practical skills in how to prepare one’s home, protect one’s self and loved ones, and minimise disaster impacts.The participants not only learnt tangible methods to make their homes safer, but also identified evacuation routes in their communities and learnt how to make […]

10
Aug

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Join the Household Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop [Tokyo, 4th September 2016]

Household Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop [Tokyo, 4th September @ 13:00 – 15:00] Want to learn how to prepare your home and protect your family in the event of a major disaster?  Join the free-of-charge, English-language “Household Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop” in Tokyo on 4th September 2016. Japan is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, and the capital Tokyo is said to be at risk of a major earthquake, as well as a range of other natural hazards. Do you know how to prepare yourself and your loved ones for a major earthquake? In the event of a major disaster, would you know how to act? If this sounds interesting or useful to you, […]

07
Jun

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PBV at the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju, Korea

Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center attended the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, which took place on 30 May – 1 June 2016. Organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information, in partnership with the Republic of Korea, the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the theme of the conference was “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together.” PBV presented several of its projects related to youth training in disaster risk reduction in a workshop co-organized with the Korea Green Foundation, on the theme of “Empowering Youth to Find Solutions: Northeast Asian Models of Education for Peace, the […]

04
Jun

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PBV at The World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul

PBV participated in The World Humanitarian Summit which took place in Istanbul, Turkey on 23-24 May 2016. The Summit was attended by 9,000 participants from 180 member states, who came together to support a new shared Agenda for Humanity and take action to prevent and reduce the unprecedented level of humanitarian need and suffering in the world today. It is the first conference of its kind where representatives of Member States, non-governmental organisations, civil society, populations affected by crises, the private sector and international organisations came together on such a significant scale. The Agenda for Humanity and its five core responsibilities: I. Political leadership to prevent and end conflict II. Uphold the […]

22
Apr

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Kumamoto Earthquakes, One Week On

One week has passed since the first major earthquake struck Kumamoto on 14th April 2016. PBV’s team has spent extensive time on the ground, liaising with survivors and other stakeholders in emergency shelters and government offices, and working closely with relief organisations. The following information provides a snapshot of the situation on the ground as of 21st April: There are still 100,000+ evacuees in 658 shelters, and many evacuees are sleeping in cars as they are afraid to sleep indoors. Several car parks are full at night of people sleeping in cars. Many people leave the shelters during the day, and come back at night due to ongoing tremors. One shelter I […]

18
Apr

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Kumamoto Earthquake: Emergency Response

Between 14th and 16th April 2016, several strong earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The strong tremors have caused loss of life, resulted in thousands of injuries, and damaged critical infrastructure across the area. Over 400 aftershocks have been recorded since the initial 6.4-magnitude earthquake which struck Kumamoto on 14th April at 21:26 local time. As of 17th April, there were reportedly over 100,000 evacuees in Kumamoto City, and more than 700 emergency shelters have been activated in and around the area. Many people continue to stay in shelters or sleep in their cars due to the threat of ongoing tremors. PBV began to gather information and contact […]

28
Feb

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PBV in South America: Disaster Risk Reduction Events In Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay

Peace Boat hosted a series of conferences and press events in South America as part of its commitment as a partner in the United Nation’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient Campaign. In Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Valparaiso, Peace Boat’s ship was utilized as a space for local groups working on disaster risk reduction and response to come together to discuss and share ideas and resources on community preparedness and resilience. It was also an opportunity for them to learn about the work of Peace Boat’s Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Montevideo, Uruguay (February 13, 2016) On February […]

31
Jan

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Youth Disaster Resilience Leadership Training

On 30th and 31st January 2016, PBV co-organised the TOMODACHI Disaster Resilience Leadership Training Program at Haneda Airport’s Galaxy Hall venue, in partnership with TOMODACHI Initiative and Japan IsraAid Support Program (JISP). Thirteen youngsters from different parts of the Kanto and Tohoku regions (all alumni of TOMODACHI Initiative’s programs) gathered for the 2-day intensive training program, which focused on disaster preparedness, disaster relief volunteerism, stress management, and providing psychological support to disaster survivors. As well as receiving intensive training from experienced trainers, the diverse group of participants each brought with them their own experiences and knowledge, and were able to share these through interactive discussions and workshops. Not only did the participants build […]

28
Nov

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Disaster Volunteer Coordination Training in Chile

Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) conducted training in Disaster Volunteer Coordination in Talcahuano, Chile, for 100 representatives from the police, fire department, civil defense, Red Cross and volunteers. The training was held at Inacap College in conjunction with Talcahuano City, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Precorp. Talcahuano City was severely affected by the 2010 Earthquake and Tsunami and shares many of the same experiences as coastal towns across Japan.

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