Resilient Sister

122013_mishmash_israelAshkelon, Baltimore’s partnership city in Israel, was recently named one of the first 33 cities in the world to be part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.

The challenge was created to make cities more resilient to manmade and natural disasters that cause extreme economic and personal damage.

Ashkelon’s challenge is to develop a plan for reducing disaster trauma based on the systems the city has developed after years of rocket attacks. The Rockefeller Foundation will work closely with the city and help it attract funding from both the public and private sector.

With more than 75 percent of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, the havoc created by these disasters, which might range from extreme weather and cyber attacks to terrorism, could be astronomical. In 2011 alone, urban disasters cost the world approximately $380 billion, and that number will rise exponentially.

Ashkelon joins a prestigious list of cities, including Los Angeles, Rome and Athens. To find out more about Ashkelon’s challenge and read its progress, go to baltimoreashkelon.org.

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; associated.org

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