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Emergency Response

How 10 Years Have Changed Disaster Preparedness and Response

Gail McGovern | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Gail McGovern

Over the last ten years, the American Red Cross and other disaster response organizations have taken the lessons of Katrina and applied new thinking and new technology to better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

Houses Disappear Into "Puffs of Dust"

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Crystal Wells in on the ground in Nepal as part of Concern Worldwide's emergency response team. She was in the isolated village of Bhirkot, preparing for an aid distribution, when the May 12 tremor struck.

Monsoons Will Leave Nepal Stuck

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In a month's time, this country, already so desperate even before the April 25 earthquake and now facing destruction from a second major temblor, will literally be stuck as its roads become slick clay mud.

Near Nepal's Earthquake Epicenter, Shifting Through Rubble to Find What Remains

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Most of the older people we spoke to in Bakrang do not want to leave, despite the challenging landscape. Having lost everything, they will not only need basic relief supplies to get by, but also help to recover.

On a Remote Hillside in Nepal, Shattered Homes and Fears for the Future

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Krishna Prasad Sapkota has spent most of his 72 years carrying heavy jugs of milk up and down the foothills of the Himalayas to carve out a living for his family.

Revisiting Sri Lanka a Decade Later: Helping Children After Disasters

William Spear | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
William Spear

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 35,000 people in Sri Lanka, injuring more than 21,000. Over 1,000 children were orphaned and more than 7,000 children lost one parent.

Five Ways to Strengthen the U.S. Response to Ebola

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

This is a manageable public health crisis that we know how to solve, but doing so requires our focus, our attention, our resolve and our resources, tools that only the United States has.

Somalia's Future Hinges On Its Youth

Crystal Wells | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Jamel Egal was born the year it all fell apart. 1991. Somali President Siad Barre was overthrown and anarchy overtook the east African nation of Somalia. Warlords filled the void of a central government as lawlessness reigned and war became the norm.

Life-Saving Skills Needed Earlier in Medical Education

David Greenky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
David Greenky

Although EMT training may not make students instant stars in the emergency room, they are able to enrich their clinical experience by participating on the front lines of patient care.

5 Ways to Survive a Travel Disaster

Daniel Kronovet | Posted 04.17.2013 | Travel
Daniel Kronovet

First, take a minute and assess the situation. Concretely, what just happened? Try and separate your emotional reaction from the situation.

Son Billed After Father Dies Waiting For Ambulance

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business

Durand Ford Jr., of Washington, D.C., was grieving. Now he's seething. Ford received a $780.85 bill from District of Columbia Fire & EMS for an amb...

The Kurds Got Me

Sarah Wayne Callies | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Sarah Wayne Callies

There are more renowned camps with more famous people asking for your help, and they are great people championing worthy causes. But today I am passing on the voices of the Syrian Kurdish refugees to your ears.

David Wood

In Superstorm Sandy, Resurrected FEMA Engages 'Whole Community' | David Wood | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Bill Carwile heard that some guy in New Jersey was complaining that the federal government hadn't helped him during Superstorm Sand...

Sandy's Pain and Gain

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.05.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

For some the story of Superstorm Sandy is a set of images on a TV screen, while for others it is cold, fear and misery.

Team Effort Frees Boy Trapped Under Car

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.01.2012 | Good News

We often hear of ordinary people unleashing superhuman strength in an emergency. But in Nelson, New Zealand, this week, the heroics required a team ef...

Man Lifts Up SUV To Save Trapped Friend (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.22.2012 | Impact

You know those emergencies that supposedly turn ordinary people into Superman? Carlos Castro can now don a red cape and tights if he wants. Nobody on ...

Drought Doesn't Need To Lead To Hunger

Eric Muňoz | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Eric Muňoz

Unfortunately, drought in the Sahel region is a reality that is not going away. But drought does not need to lead to hunger. Prevention is key, and this means effective early warnings and community resilience.

This Emergency Needs a Response

Austin Beutner | Posted 05.20.2012 | Los Angeles
Austin Beutner

How many more unfortunate tragedies like the March 2nd fire in South Los Angeles have to occur before something is done? Any way we look at it, it's taking far longer for our firefighters to respond to an emergency than it used to.

Hurricane Irene: Is Your Refrigerator Ready?

Diane Van | Posted 10.26.2011 | Home
Diane Van

As you stock up on non-perishable food items in case you lose power, USDA encourages you to take the following steps to keep your food supply -- including items that are already in your refrigerator and freezer -- safe.

In Haiti, A Fear of the Water

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Thelervilts used to own a modest, but comfortable house by the sea. Then the 7.0 earthquake hit on January 12, rendering his house to a skeleton of concrete and rebar.

Simulations Of Plane Crash, Terrorist Attacks To Close Roads Next Week

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A massive emergency response exercise is scheduled for the Chicago area beginning Sunday. The practice events spread over five days will include a si...

Crowd Sourcing a Resolution for the Gulf of Mexico

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ramon Nuez

This BP-made disaster can not be solved by BP -- it can only be solved through the collective engagement of the problem information.

States Consider Ban On Public Release Of 911 Calls

AP | DESIREE HUNTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Linda Casey dialed 911 and screamed, "Oh, God!" over and over again into the phone after finding her daughter beaten to death...

Haiti Earthquake: Hope in the Heartache

World Vision | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
World Vision

Navensky Charles lies in a hospital bed in a street outside. Regularly, trucks rumble past carrying corpses. They come from the city morgue about a block away. Outside the morgue, hundreds of bodies are stacked three deep.