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Italy: Legislative Measures in Aid of Earthquake Victims

(Dec. 30, 2016) On December 18, 2016, new legislation aimed at providing assistance to earthquake victims and aid for the restoration of damaged property entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 229 of December 15, 2016, Conversion into Law, with Amendments, of Decree-Law No. 189 of October 17, 2016, Concerning Urgent Interventions to Benefit the […]

Israel: Law Authorizes Preventing Harassment of Emergency Centers

(July 21, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prevention of Harassment of Emergency Centers Law, 5776-2016.  (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2552, p. 878, Knesset website  (last visited July 19, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law authorizes emergency centers to block the access of a telephone […]

Japan: Active Volcanoes Special Measures Act Amended

(Sept. 11, 2015) In September 2014, Mt. Ontake, located in central Japan, erupted and resulted in the loss of 57 lives. (Mount Ontake Volcanic Eruption, NHK World (Oct. 27, 2014).) Experts called for improved measures for managing government reactions to eruptions. (Id.) In response, the government discussed enhanced countermeasures. (Disaster Management in Japan, Cabinet Office […]

Israel: Broadcasting Emergency Announcements in Various Languages

(Jan. 19, 2010) On January 11, 2010, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Broadcasting Authority, 5725-1965 Law, requiring the broadcasting of emergency announcements related to public health and security in Arabic, Russian, and Amharic, in addition to the Hebrew language. The broadcasting in these languages is necessary because segments of Israel's population are not […]