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The Building Resilience Conference is an annual international conference exploring resilience as a useful framework of analysis for how society can cope with the threat of natural and human induced hazards. The 2018 edition is organised by the University of Lisbon, the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University of Huddersfield (UK), in association with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

No offense to those who take disasters seriously (and we all should, let me add). No offense to the serious matter of disaster management. The headline was picked, I confess, from a serious interview with a serious academic about a serious subject. Dilanthi Amaratunga, Professor of Disaster Risk Management, University of Huddersfield, UK, and a leading expert on the subject of disaster resilience, while discussing challenges, opportunities and other related concerns stated recently, ‘we cannot be complacent about disaster management.’

A record 115,000 people in the Indian Ocean region evacuated during the tsunami exercise Indian Ocean Wave 2018 (IOWave18) conducted on 4-5 September 2018. The exercise was coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as part of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigations System (IOTWMS). Exercise IOWave18 involved enacting two scenarios – a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the southern coast of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a magnitude 9.3 earthquake off the western coast of Northern Sumatra on the 4th and 5th September respectively. In addition to testing standard operating procedures and communication links at all levels of the tsunami warning chain, a primary objective of IOWave18 was to enhance tsunami preparedness at community level including evacuation procedures. To this end, all Member States[1] were encouraged to use Exercise IOWave 18 as an opportunity to evaluate Indian Ocean Tsunami Ready (IOTR)[2] indicators in pilot communities, following the IOTR guidelines.

A record 115,000 people in the Indian Ocean region evacuated during the tsunami exercise Indian Ocean Wave 2018 (IOWave18) conducted on 4-5 September 2018. The exercise was coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as part of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigations System (IOTWMS). Exercise IOWave18 involved enacting two scenarios – a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the southern coast of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a magnitude 9.3 earthquake off the western coast of Northern Sumatra on the 4th and 5th September respectively.

By Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka (Lang - English) Sri Lanka participating in an international tsunami drill held in 28 countries will be conducting tsunami drills across the island today (September 05th 2018). The Ministry of Disaster Management said the island wide tsunami drill will be held at 8.30 am in several selected districts. Accordingly, Mullativu, Ampara, and Galle Districts of Sri Lanka have been selected to conduct the drill.

By Disaster Management Centre Facebook page - Sri Lanka participating in an international tsunami drill held in 28 countries will be conducting tsunami drills across the island today (September 05th 2018). The Ministry of Disaster Management said the island wide tsunami drill will be held at 8.30 am in several selected districts. Accordingly, Mullativu, Ampara, and Galle Districts of Sri Lanka have been selected to conduct the drill.

By Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka (Lang -Sinhala) Sri Lanka participating in an international tsunami drill held in 28 countries will be conducting tsunami drills across the island today (September 05th 2018). The Ministry of Disaster Management said the island wide tsunami drill will be held at 8.30 am in several selected districts. Accordingly, Mullativu, Ampara, and Galle Districts of Sri Lanka have been selected to conduct the drill.

By GardaWorld - Sri Lanka participating in an international tsunami drill held in 28 countries will be conducting tsunami drills across the island today (September 05th 2018). The Ministry of Disaster Management said the island wide tsunami drill will be held at 8.30 am in several selected districts. Accordingly, Mullativu, Ampara, and Galle Districts of Sri Lanka have been selected to conduct the drill.

By Relief Web - Sri Lanka participating in an international tsunami drill held in 28 countries will be conducting tsunami drills across the island today (September 05th 2018). The Ministry of Disaster Management said the island wide tsunami drill will be held at 8.30 am in several selected districts. Accordingly, Mullativu, Ampara, and Galle Districts of Sri Lanka have been selected to conduct the drill.

When the Indian Ocean tsunami struck the island back in 2004, it not only affected many lives but it inspired a few as well. One individual who was inspired to make a change in terms of disaster management was Dilanthi Amaratunga. Being a proud product of Visakha Vidyalaya, Dilanthi was determined to contribute her expertise in infrastructure development towards bringing about disaster management. Today she is a Professor of Disaster Risk Management at the University of Huddersfield in the UK and leads the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University. This Centre is committed to excellence in research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. In addition to that, she is involved in various other organisations including the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and is working towards bringing about a holistic approach to reduce the risk and impact of disasters.

By Daily Mirror - The Association of Disaster Risk Management Professionals was formed and the official website was launched in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena and Minsiter Palitha Range Bandara.

The inauguration ceremony of the Association of Disaster Management Professionals, Sri Lanka (ADRiMP) was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH, on 23rd of August 2018.

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