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Disaster Preparedness

In the Calm Before the Electoral Storm, Let's Ask Some Big Questions

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We're in the calm between the storms. The one created by Mother Nature has passed; the man-made electoral storm is about to begin. But in the short window before the media goes All Election, All the Time, we should take a moment to ask some big questions. That's what I've found myself doing over nearly a week of living by candlelight once the sun set. Why is it so difficult for us to look around the corner and prevent upcoming disasters, or at least mitigate their impact? Why does it take a disaster to bring out the best in us? Why can't we sustain that best-self spirit even after these storm-battered communities get back on their feet? In a few hours, we're going to get lots of results, but we shouldn't confuse them with answers. Those we'll have to keep looking for ourselves.

Sandy's Wake Up Call: Disaster Planning for Your Family

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Brett Blumenthal

As devastating as the last week has been, what we learn from the experience helps us move forward and prepare for what might come in the future.

Is Your Freezer Ready for the Power to Go Out?

Wendy Gordon | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Sure, the freezer won't work either if the power goes out. But if you stock it right, you can probably get three full days of meals out of it.

Rescuing Gulf Coast Animals Endangered by Hurricane Isaac

Ed Sayres | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Ed Sayres

While the damage from Isaac has not approached that of Hurricane Katrina, for the families and their pets who have been displaced from their homes, the effect on them is just as monumental.

"We Are Not Going to Wait for Someone to Save Us "

Susan C. Scrimshaw | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Susan C. Scrimshaw

In 2011 alone, more than 14 natural disasters in the US cost an estimated one billion dollars in damages, along with injuries and loss of lives

Land of the Free, Home of the Unprepared -- LA Style

Christal Smith | Posted 09.02.2012 | Los Angeles
Christal Smith

I wanted to know what would happen if a major quake or wildfire hit L.A. today. Controller Wendy Greuel says, "We know natural disasters are a question of when, not if... and more must be done to help ensure the City is adequately prepared."

Gerry Smith

States Unprepared To Defend Against Cyberattacks, Report Finds | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.03.2012 | Technology

While the nation has made strides in preparing for a wide range of potential disasters, state and local officials said they feel least prepared for an...

How to Survive the Apocalypse on $20 and the Stuff in Your Junk Drawer

Christal Smith | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Christal Smith

We will have another large earthquake in California. No one knows when, but there will be one. So "Burners Without Borders" hosted a disaster prep workshop recently, called "How to Survive the Apocalypse On $20 and the Stuff In Your Junk Drawer."

What Should You Stock Up On For A Disaster?

Posted 01.24.2012 | Healthy Living

When you think about disaster preparedness and food, nutrition is probably not the first thing to come to mind. But many of the foods that are best fo...

Arin Greenwood

D.C. An Unlikely Direct Target For Category 2 Hurricane, But 'It Could Happen' | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's D.C.-wide, full-scale simulation of a Category 2 hurricane taking a direct hit on the city might lead area residents to wond...

9/11 Was Also the Six Month Anniversary of Japan's Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

Christal Smith | Posted 11.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Christal Smith

I asked Japan's Consul General, who was marking his last full day as a member of the diplomatic corps in LA, to tell us what lessons we can learn from Japan's catastrophe.

Preparing for Disasters: Where's the Science?

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

The tenth anniversary of September 11 presents an opportunity to assess the progress made in the U.S. capacity to respond more effectively to a major disaster, be it a result of terrorism or a natural event.

Bob and Irene Were Farmers

Wendy Gordon | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Bob and Irene were farmers in upstate New York. To me, they weren't hurricanes -- they were dear family friends. Actually they sold their farm to my husband in the late '70s, and in the years to follow Bob helped take care of things, right up until his death.

Hurricane Irene, Risk and the Future of the Planet

Mark Tercek | Posted 11.04.2011 | Green
Mark Tercek

Ignoring the science of climate change jeopardizes the safety of our families, just as we would be putting them in harm's way if we ignored the warnings of a coming storm.

The Calm During the Storm: How the Media Actually Got It Right This Week

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 10.29.2011 | Media
Raymond Schillinger

As the flood waters recede and the news cycles resumes its deafening roar, we stand to gain from one more lesson learned: while our human-made problems and conflicts seem indomitable, they are the only ones we truly have the power to resolve.

Hurricane Irene: What Are The Best Ways To Prepare?

Posted 10.26.2011 | Small Business

As Hurricane Irene takes aim, business owners up and down the East Coast are hoping for the best -- but if they're smart, preparing for the worst. ...

America Unprepared: Are Budget Cuts Undermining National Disaster Readiness?

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

With the economy in dire trouble, no one is denying that austerity measures are essential. But diminishing the capacity of the public health system to respond to disasters is bad policy.

Lesson From Japan: For Your Family's Health and Well-Being, Prepare for Disaster

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

When preparing for disaster, it's crucial to assume you will need to rely on your own supplies for at least three days.

Unpacking for a Disaster: What You Need to Survive the Unexpected

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Rebecca Solnit

The usual emphasis on panic in disasters implies that, in a crisis, we're all sheep wheeling around idiotically and selfishly trampling those around us. But those who study the subject confirm that most of us behave beautifully.

Quake-Prone Indonesia Debates Going Nuclear

Sara Schonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sara Schonhardt

Indonesia's drive to pursue nuclear -- part of an energy development plan to cut fossil-fuel dependence by around 12 percent by 2025 -- is in contrast to the nuclear rethink displayed by most nations last week.

Shakespeare Speaks To Japan

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Kelhawk

In our society of high life-expectancy, death usually comes unseen behind the closed doors of nursing homes, or the curtains of a hospital room. We have gained, therefore, the luxury of deluding ourselves that we are here forever

Elise Foley

Eric Cantor Defends Foreign Aid Cuts In Aftermath Of Japan Earthquake, Tsunami | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Japan reeling from last week's magnitude-8.9 earthquake and the tsunami that followed, leading House Republicans on Monday defended...

Preparing To Protect Children During Natural Disasters

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Shriver

As much as we are focused on the relief and recovery efforts, this event is also a reminder of the need for better protections from catastrophes like the one that struck Christchurch.

The Problem With Memoirs: A Moment Of Silence, Please, For The Lost Art Of Shutting Up

New York Times | NEIL GENZLINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There was a time when you had to earn the right to draft a memoir, by accomplishing something noteworthy or having an extremely unusual experience or ...

Unnatural Disasters

Jeffrey Flocken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Flocken

In the aftermath of floods, earthquakes, weather-related oil spills and other catastrophes, animals are often left to fend for themselves, resulting in extreme suffering or death.