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Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 8: Post-internship Reflections

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With help from the Asia Pacific Foundation and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, I spent 8 months working for an organization called CITYNET in their project office located in Yokohama, Japan.

Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 6: Planning for the Unimaginable

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Disasters are unpredictable and can occur without warning. It is this unpredictability that complicates the act of planning for a large-scale emergency event. How can a region plan for scenarios it has no experience with and how can one possibly train emergency personnel for every single possible disaster situation? These are questions that cities are left facing in the 21st century and what has led to the creation of international frameworks for action such as the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) and more recently the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).

Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 4: Reuse, Reduce and Recycle

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Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Tsuzuki Incineration Plant and the Midori Recycling Center in Yokohama. This was my first time visiting a solid waste management center and I really learned a lot. 

Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 3: DRR in Taipei

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At the end of September I flew down to Taipei to assist with the CITYNET Yokohama Project Office’s annual Disaster Cluster Seminar. The seminar had a number of sessions on different disaster related topics from disaster medicine to community-based disaster risk reduction. There were also four site visits that allowed seminar participants to see first hand Taipei’s disaster risk reduction undertakings.

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Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 3: Sewage Treatment in Yokohama

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This week Sophia Mayen and I had the opportunity to visit the Hokubu Wastewater Treatment Center in the Tsurumi Ward of Yokohama. We got to see first hand how Yokohama purifies its wastewater and what makes the city a pioneer in sludge recycling.

Please take the time to check out Sophia's blog where we have uploaded a podcast of our post-visit reflection.  

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Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 1: Conversation with Katt McGrath Part 2

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 I had the opportunity to speak with Katt McGrath who will be an intern at CITYNET from August-December - this is the second half of our conversation. 

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Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 2 : Preparing for Disasters

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For the past week the CITYNET Yokohama Project Office has been facilitating a study-visit with 14 delegates from Iloilo in the Philippines. The visit is a part of the Community Based Adaptation and Resilience Against Disasters (CBARAD-II) project that has entered its second phase.  The CBARAD project is working to develop sustainable DRR practices in Iloilo by enhancing disaster preparedness at the local government level and in local communities. The study-visit’s purpose was to learn about Disaster Crisis Management in the City of Yokohama.

Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 1: Knowledge and Accessibility

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Last week I woke up at 3am to tsunami sirens. It was not the first time that I had heard Japanese emergency alarms; I had heard earthquake warnings in that past and I attended the annual Yokohama Disaster Drill two weeks ago but even having had those experiences there was something that bothered me with the tsunami sirens. They are spoken in fast Japanese and I wasn’t even really sure that I understood the alarm right. Also there is a melody that plays when the alarm ends.

Nicola Craig Hora - Podcast 1: Interview with Kylie Pettifer

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I had the opportunity to talk with May-August CityNet intern Kylie Pettifer! 

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