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Disaster Preparedness

DC's Metro Calamity: A Lesson in Preparation and Response

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | DC
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Earlier this year, members of Congress voiced their frustration during a recent House Oversight Committee hearing, blasting the subway system of our n...

Prepare for Engine Failure

Hans Hickler | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Hans Hickler

Understand your worst case scenarios. Don't let them consume the tenets of your business, but understand what can jeopardize your business and understand the framework of the actions you would need to take. Often, action required has to happen quickly and deliberately.

Go Bags: Why You Need One Right Now, Especially Kids

Michelle Manning Barish | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Michelle Manning Barish

We didn't get the snowpocalypse two weeks ago, but don't curse out the officials who urged you to stock up on water and flashlights. They actually did you a favor. If you live in New York City, as I do, you should be prepared for any emergency, and the easiest way to do that is to have a plan, and a go bag.

Surviving an Active Shooter

CJ Arabia | Posted 04.04.2015 | Los Angeles
CJ Arabia

Your odds of being involved in one are slim but we do earthquake drills and they don't kill nearly that many people, so it makes sense that you would prepare should you find yourself in this kind of a situation as well.

Disaster Prep: Are You Ready?

Diane Passage | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Diane Passage

Let's hope none of us ever really have to use our go bags or emergency family plans, but it's always better to be safe than sorry!

10 Incredibly Smart Ideas To Get Your Life Organized In 2015

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

If your New Year's resolutions include getting organized, this is the time to get started. January is 'Get Organized Month.' This could mean anything from sorting mail to throwing out mystery foods in the refrigerator. Just 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference over time.

Disaster Preparedness Contest Wants To Reward You For Great Ideas

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green

Have an idea that could help your community be more prepared for natural disasters? You could win $25,000 for it. On the anniversary of Superstorm ...

3 Steps to Survive Any Extreme Weather Disaster

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Thomas M. Kostigen

There are dozens of extreme weather events the National Weather Service tracks -- from hail storms to hurricanes, thunderstorms to tornadoes, heat waves to wildfires. Preparing for each of these takes different kinds of understanding and preparation.

Protect Your Pets Before Disaster Strikes

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Like most humans, animals don't respond well to chaos. With hurricane season not ending until November, it's critical for pet owners to be the true "first responders" -- knowing just what to do when their beloved companions need them most.

10 Ways To Prepare For Any Disaster, With GIFs

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green

September is National Preparedness Month and, in celebration of this annual disaster readiness campaign, we're sharing ten easy ways you and your fami...

People and Other Animals: Pets and the Next Earthquake

Ken White | Posted 10.28.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

If we're not preparing for what's probably inevitable, we're likely not preparing to take care of our companion animals in the time of a disaster. And that is just irresponsible.

Fighting Fires: Safety and Survival Tips Pet Parents Need to Know

Natasha Ashton | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

As summer winds down and we prepare for the excitement of a new season, there's one lesson every parent needs to remember during the back-to-school blitz -- how to keep pets safe in the event of a house fire.

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

Getting Chased By Zombies Can Also Teach You Important Disaster Prep Skills

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green

Kids participate in disaster preparedness games. In an emergency situation, having the right supplies and knowledge to survive can be critical, b...

Tech Tips and Disaster Prep Planning

Robert Siciliano | Posted 09.09.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

A 93-year-old woman survived Hurricane Sandy, but not before her family went through hell wondering if she was alive, being that her landline was down and she had no cellphone. Lesson learned: Elderly people who live alone should have a cellphone. This technology is available -- use it.

Disaster Prep Expert: Why Godzilla Can't Kick Our Ass; Conversely, Why Godzilla Can Totally Kick Our Ass

Aaron Sagers | Posted 07.19.2014 | Weird News
Aaron Sagers

With Godzilla back in full force on our movie screens, it seemed like a good time to chat with a disaster expert about concerns associated with monster attacks.

Taking Action for Health Equity Through Preparedness and Response

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

It takes a community working together to prepare for, respond to and recover effectively from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies. Minority Health Month reminds us how important health equity is -- not just for minority communities but for our health and strength as a nation.

New York Raises the Bar on Rising Tides

Kerry Trueman | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Rising tides cause billions of dollars in damage to electrical grids, water and gas pipelines, cell phone networks, railroads and subways lines -- in short, all the utilities and infrastructure that we depend on everyday. Businesses implode, cars corrode, tempers explode. Our economy grinds to a soggy, salty halt.

What Being in an Earthquake Feels Like

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Who can spend their days worrying that the next disaster is coming in a few minutes? Who can worry about their daughter's apartment building flattening like a house of cards?

Dare to Prepare: Taking Disaster Risk Seriously

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Two communities of practice have long characterized the international aid industry. On the one hand, the development community deals with long-term poverty reduction in order to support development and growth.

Never Miss a Deadline

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Leslie Firtell, founder and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions, was forced to test her pet project, disaster preparedness, when Sandy hit New York. With a c...

Recovery and Renewal in Haiti

Victoria Dunning | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Never have I observed that more than on that trip to Haiti, as people greeted me and welcomed me inside their homes to be interviewed about their experiences, and as I helped a woman, baby on her back, hang her laundry on the line.

Health Reform in Your Emergency Kit

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

When individuals can take better care of themselves, it's good for the entire community. Whether in an outbreak, earthquake or storm, those with these resources can better care for themselves, allowing the authorities to focus on the most vulnerable right away.

Safety First (and Second): Pet Perils Persist After Storm Clouds Clear

Natasha Ashton | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

Whether this year's hurricane season will live up to predictions remains to be seen, but whether we experience storms before November, or not until next year, it is still smart to be aware of perils to our pets after a storm strikes.

It's Up to Us to Be Ready When Disasters Strike

Wendy Spencer | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Storms highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and the responsibility we all have to be ready when disasters happen. We want everyone to make preparedness a priority this month. Here are some steps you can take now to get ready to help.