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Emergency Preparedness

What Happens if 911 Gets a Call and Nobody Is Talking?

Quora | Posted 03.23.2015 | Crime
Quora

The call-taker will ask the caller to make a noise or tap the phone to confirm the caller needs help. Sometimes the call might be an erroneous "butt dial" or it could be someone under duress or suffering a medical emergency that impairs speech (such as a stroke).

Samantha Lachman

Conservative County Commissioner Files Incendiary Lawsuit Against Defeated Opponent

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cherokee County Commissioner Dr. Daniel Eichenbaum and Edward Figueroa, a former police officer, used to be friendly. They were both mem...

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

Michelle Manning Barish | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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.

'Green News Report' -- January 27, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hits, misses and hype in a not-so-historic Blizzard 2015!; The influenc...

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!

How to Plot the Perfect French Exit for the Holidays

Jay Clark | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy
Jay Clark

Between office parties and family gatherings, you may find yourself in a similar panic-button situation this holiday season. By no means am I endorsing such disappearing acts, but it's important to be realistic about the likelihood you'll want to perform one.

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.

Resilience and the Arts

Lane Harwell | Posted 11.16.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

This National Preparedness Month, New York's arts and cultural communities continue responding to superstorm Sandy, which hit the state nearly two ye...

The 10 States That Are Least Prepared To Protect Kids During Emergencies

The Huffington Post | Elena Kaufman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents

Two years ago, the Sandy Hook school shooting reminded us that places we assume are safe, like our children's schools, can quickly become centers of t...

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...

What Can We Learn From Young Sandy Survivors?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Shocked. Scared. Sad. This is how Oladayin Ogunsola described feeling when at age 10 Hurricane Sandy devastated her community of Far Rockaway, Queens.

Got Science? Ohio Wake-up Call on Fracking Disclosure Laws

Seth Shulman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Seth Shulman

Ohio, like many other states, has a fracking disclosure law that does more to protect company secrets than it does to protect citizens. It's a situation that clearly needs to change.

The Most Important UN Climate Initiative You Never Heard of

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Thomas M. Kostigen

Nations and communities were challenged to build programs that would reduce the loss of lives and the costs to economies and the environment. Guess what? It's working.

El Nino Is a Business Wake-Up Call

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Thomas M. Kostigen

Businesses will suffer along with people and places this year if the El Nino event predicted by most climate models hits with its expected wicked strength.

Hurricane Season Is Here: Is Your Home Ready?

Robert Morris | Posted 09.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Robert Morris

Your family's safety and security is the primary goal, so it is important that you are well-prepared for the unexpected. A bit of work now can save you an enormous amount of work later.

Crowdfunded Disaster Kit Could Help Close America's Preparedness Gap

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green

Knowing what to have on hand in case of an emergency can be difficult, so the folks at The Open Company have created a “Go Bag” that they hope wil...

Prolonged Power Outages Can Be Deadly for People Who Rely on Durable Medical Equipment

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Thousands of people in the United States rely on electrically powered DME to meet their medical needs at home. While they can manage their medical conditions well on a day-to-day basis, in prolonged power outages, that's when they need our help the most.

VIDEO: Unsung Heroes of the Oklahoma Tornadoes

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

One year ago, a series of devastating tornadoes tore apart Oklahoma homes, schools, child care centers and killed 48 people, including 19 children. Thousands of surviving children were thrown into turmoil. Kids lost friends and loved ones, the places where they lived and learned -- and their sense of security.

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.

How The Red Cross Is Saving Lives Through Social Data

Laura Howe | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Laura Howe

Nearly four years ago, as Haiti struggled to overcome an earthquake that killed tens of thousands, humanitarian response agencies -- the Red Cross among them -- swung into action.

One Year After: A Tribute From an ER Physician

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

On April 15, 2013, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and walked to Mass General Hospital to begin my ER shift. It was the day of Boston marathon, and we were prepared for the usual influx of people with heatstroke and dehydration. Just before 3 p.m., we received the call that nobody could have predicted.

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.

Protecting Kids Before the Next Sandy Strikes

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Hurricane Sandy's heartbreak is far from over. That's particularly true for parents. I'm talking about parents witnessing the ongoing impact of the devastating storm and its stressful aftermath on their children.

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.

How You Can Protect Children, Before Disaster Strikes

Mark Shriver | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Mark Shriver

From Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, to Sandy Hook, to the Oklahoma tornadoes, the last 12 months have featured natural disasters and high-profile school tragedies. Unfortunately, it's clearer than ever that children in the United States are still not getting all the protections they deserve.