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Disaster Preparedness

Breaking the ICE on disaster prep with your kids

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.01.2016 | Parents
Carolyn S. Miles

The Ice Age: Collision Course herd joins Save the Children to help families stay connected Save the Children is on the ground providing disaster re...

Dealing With Sinking Cities and a Risky Future

John Roome | Posted 05.27.2016 | Green
John Roome

Just consider a simple forecast. Without action, parts of Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and numerous other coastal cities around the globe will continue to sink faster than the sea level rises.

What the World Humanitarian Summit Means for Climate Change

Aaron Packard | Posted 05.31.2016 | Green
Aaron Packard

I joined about 6000 other delegates from around the world this week for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. While 350.org doesn't provide humanitarian aid, we're increasingly concerned with just how hard climate change is biting, and committed to supporting people-oriented responses to the impacts of climate change.

Building a Safer World: 5 Questions for Francis Ghesquiere on How Innovation Is Changing the Way We Look at Disaster Risk

Tim Ward | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact
Tim Ward

Innovation is already changing the way we live, commute, shop, and more. But can it make the world a safer place from growing climate and disaster risk?

National PrepareAthon! Day

Mark Steber | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Mark Steber

As if Tax Day wasn't stressful enough last week, the people in Texas had severe storms and flooding beginning the day before their taxes were due and ...

6 Reasons You Should Care About (Yet) Another International Summit

Izumi Nakamitsu | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Izumi Nakamitsu

It might sound dramatic to hear people say the world is at a "critical juncture" and faces a "staggering escalation" in humanitarian needs. Well, it's true.

10 Quick Tips That Can Save L.A. Lives in a Disaster

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.11.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

"Don't get scared - get prepared," says Los Angeles-based disaster preparedness teacher, Deidra Dwyer, who adds that despite Southern California being...

How To Prepare Your Home For Zombies

Quora | Posted 10.22.2015 | Comedy
Quora

This is fairly simple to do if all you are trying to accomplish is to create a home where zombies cannot enter.

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Are You Better Prepared for Disaster?

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 08.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

A decade later, we are aware of the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events associated with climate change. Together, we are making tremendous progress in planning for a myriad of needs these disasters create.

How We're Failing Children In Disaster Preparedness, By The Numbers

Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents

Children are especially vulnerable during natural disasters. We witnessed this after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when 1,833 people died, more than a mi...

Grim Forecast? How Your Small Business Can Weather Sudden Storms

Jamie Sutherland | Posted 06.02.2016 | Small Business
Jamie Sutherland

There isn't a one-size-fits-all extreme weather preparedness plan for all small businesses. Location, industry and operational logistics all play a role in that preparation. Fortunately, several resources are available to aid small businesses in this effort.

Riots and Resilience in Baltimore and Beyond

Denise Fairchild | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Denise Fairchild

Resilience is a word we hear a lot lately, most often applied to communities devastated by the weather-related disasters which have become increasingly common in the era of climate change. It also applies to cities, like Baltimore, that are reeling from civic unrest.

Could Your Next App Save A Life?

Dom Tolli | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Dom Tolli

Technology won't prevent a disaster and it can't solve post-disaster challenges. But as in young Samuel's case, it certainly can help save lives.

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

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | 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.