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Disaster Response

Post-Earthquake Lessons from Japan, Haiti and Nepal

Rob Radtke | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Rob Radtke

These events remind us of our vulnerability and as the story unfolds they will underscore the critical importance of preparedness, response and long-term recovery.

How Digital Humanitarians Are Closing the Gaps In Worldwide Disaster Response

Heather Leson | Posted 01.28.2017 | Impact
Heather Leson

Humanitarian organizations and the citizens they serve are overwhelmed by the speed of change and the onslaught of information. In response, digital humanitarians (individuals who participate in humanitarian relief online) have organized into skilled teams online to decipher the signals from the noise and thus provide accurate data.

In the Wake of Katrina

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

Just days into the crisis, the American public realized that the human and animal tragedies were bound together, and they were rooting for all to survive and get back on their feet.

Supporting Survivors of Violence in Post-Earthquake Nepal

UN Women | Posted 08.21.2016 | Impact
UN Women

Even though she continues to receive threats from her father's friends in the community, BK has found her voice and strength. She wants to go back to her village and help other women in her community.

How Lessons From Haiti And Miracles In Nepal Show Us What Is Possible

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Amidst the destruction and aftermath of the recent earthquake in Nepal, daily miracles and moments of compassion illustrate what is possible when humanity bands together -- babies pulled alive from rubble, mothers sheltering hours-old newborns and citizens rushing in from around the world to provide relief to massive suffering.

"This Year We Will Have Hunger:" Fears of Food Shortages in Southern Africa After Floods

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

While the first harvest is entirely lost, the hope is that farmers can plant again before the rains stop altogether so that there is hope of having some food to harvest this year. However, the crops will still take months to grow and many families will need food assistance in the interim.

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...

Can Drones And 3-D Printers Save Lives? Emerging Technology Choices In Humanitarian Response

Joseph Agoada | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
Joseph Agoada

How do we heed the advice of Mr. Gates and act today to enable the major leaps of the next decade that will save hundreds of thousands of lives?

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy On Mental Health: What More We Could Have Done

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Science has a long-standing black eye for what is called the "science to practice" gap: the extraordinary time delays in closing the gap between what we know and what we do. There is a still a prominent gap to be closed for disaster mental health care.

Will Your Business Recover From Disaster?

Ryan Scott | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Ryan Scott

The massive 6.0 earthquake in San Francisco on Sunday is another reminder that Mother Nature doesn't play by the rules, so we'd all better be prepared for the unexpected.

Airbnb Hosts Offer Homes, Not Shelters, During Emergencies

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green

Airbnb, a website that allows users to rent out their homes and apartments, is improving its ability to help people in need of housing during a disast...

Red Cross Reveals How It Spent Over $300 Million On Sandy Relief, But Experts See Holes In The Story

ProPublica | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

In June we reported that the Red Cross was resisting our request that the New York attorney general's office release information provided by the group...

Why Older Adults Face More Danger in Natural Disasters

John Feather, PhD | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The world is made smaller by these disasters. The boundaries between the heartbreak brought by a typhoon in the Philippines and the tornadoes in the American Midwest are really non-existent.

Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

Jim Luce | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his...

Sandy's Survivors: Stronger Than the Storm

Wendy Spencer | Posted 12.28.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

There's a famous saying that goes, "None of us is as good as all of us." I am thankful that our country recognizes this and unites to give our best to those in need when times are at their worst.

Five Tips For Ministry After A Natural Disaster

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.

The Competition To Care

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Literally hundreds of faith-based and community-based organizations deployed to assist the survivors of the explosions and assist the City of Boston in the hours after the explosions.

New Mobile App Helps You Get and Give Help During a Natural Disaster

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

During a large scale natural disaster there is always a challenge facing people who want to quickly and easily contact the people they care about.

Compassion Fatigue: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Rev. Eric C. Shafer | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Eric C. Shafer

Jesus Christ's compassion does not wear thin, even as he must repeat his saving activity for us again and again as we all fall short of his hopes for us. But like the disciples, we are not Jesus.

Robots and Disasters: Why Didn't I Think of That?

Christal Smith | Posted 06.17.2012 | Good News
Christal Smith

You don't have to speak scientific-ese to understand just how important it is to develop robots that can do what no mere human can do in times of crisis.

Andrea Stone

9/11 Commissioners: Still Much Work To Do 10 Years After Terror Attacks | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Glen Klein, an officer with the New York Police Department's elite Emergency Service Unit, found himself...

Things We Have Learned From Irene, Joplin and Other Disasters

Ed Sayres | Posted 11.06.2011 | Impact
Ed Sayres

An independent national poll commissioned by the ASPCA found that an overwhelming majority (85 percent of dog owners and 81 percent of cat owners) of those polled would take their pets with them in the event of an evacuation.

Obama Visits Flood-Ravaged New Jersey Towns, Promises Federal Assistance

Patch | Posted 11.04.2011 | Green

After touring two northern New Jersey towns ravaged by Hurricane Irene, President Barack Obama assured residents Sunday that the federal government wi...

Are We The People Ready for Hurricane Irene?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 10.27.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

Are we prepared for a storm that could disrupt the lives of some 65 million Americans? Can we respond as a society to this kind of threat?

Aiding The Animals Of Joplin

Ed Sayres | Posted 08.31.2011 | Impact
Ed Sayres

Not spared from the Joplin disaster were the animals of the community, many of whom were left homeless by the tornado and in need of shelter.