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Do You Have the Medical Evacuation Coverage You Think You Have?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 03.17.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

A recent trip to the Amazon had me climbing a tree to escape wild boars. I was lucky the harrowing experience resulted in no injuries. There was the s...

Weathering the Storm Surge of Social Media

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.25.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

I'm not alone in counting on social media for information, but sometimes it can be a disappointing source. many of the tweets posted by groups that should likely be committed to offering useful information for people in a crisis failed to meet that objective.

Fast-Spreading Oregon Wildfire Threatens Hundreds Of Homes

Reuters | Courtney Sherwood | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug 8 (Reuters) - A fast-spreading wildfire threatened 740 dwellings in northern Oregon on Friday after destroying a home and five o...

Lessons From a Brush Fire: "What Do You Want Us to Grab, Honey?"

Tristan Higgins | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

"What do you want us to grab, honey?" my mom asks me on the phone. There's a fire raging towards my house. I'm not there. Someone else has to help me. "What do you want us to grab, honey?"

Spilled Milk: In Case of Inferno, Evacuate

William Lucas Walker | Posted 09.30.2013 | Los Angeles
William Lucas Walker

A couple of weeks ago a fire tried to eat our town. You may have heard about it on TV. My mother called from 3,000 miles away to say Brian Williams had reported our evacuation on the NBC Nightly News, which I assume meant I wasn't imagining things.

Five Ways To Avoid Cruise Hell

Anita Dunham-Potter | Posted 06.09.2013 | Travel
Anita Dunham-Potter

Plenty of things can go wrong on a cruise vacation. You could get seasick, or sleep through breakfast, or lose at blackjack, or puke over the rail, or god forbid be on a cruise ship that's lost power and drifting out to sea.

Volcano Erupts In Ecuador

AP | Posted 02.16.2013 | World

QUITO, Ecuador — Repeated explosions are rocking Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, which is also shooting out chunks of molten rock. The country's ...

ASPCA Helping Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy

Ed Sayres | Posted 11.01.2012 | New York
Ed Sayres

As the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast assess the devastating destruction of Hurricane Sandy, I hope that you are all safe and sound inside with your pets. The ASPCA is on the ground, ready to help animals trapped or in danger

Alice Hines

New York City Shoppers Prep For Epic Hurricane | Alice Hines | Posted 10.28.2012 | Home

Hours before Hurricane Sandy was predicted to hit New York City, stores in the five boroughs were slammed by tidal waves of shoppers scrambling to sco...

Puerto Rico Installing Tsunami Sirens In Capital

AP | Posted 01.16.2012 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico is setting up a tsunami alert system in densely populated San Juan. San Juan Mayor Jorge Santini says experts wa...

D.C. To Rethink Emergency Communication With Public

AP | By BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 12.13.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia's emergency management agency is making changes to the way it alerts the public about emergencies and will like...

The Untold Story of Ground Zero Evacuations by Boat

Jessica DuLong | Posted 11.13.2011 | New York
Jessica DuLong

In the aftermath of an inconceivable assault, New York's ferryboat captains, tug crews, dinner-boat and sailing-yacht operators and other mariners stepped in, spontaneously, to provide invaluable, irreplaceable assistance.

What Was It Like at Walt Disney World on 9/11

Jim Hill | Posted 11.07.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

In several of the books that have since been written about 9/11, it's noted that the Walt Disney Company quickly closed its stateside theme parks that day. Reportedly out of concern that the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts might also be on the terrorists' target list.

Evacuation After Freight Train Derails

AP | Posted 09.27.2011 | Los Angeles

LITTLEROCK, Calif. — People living near the site of a freight train derailment in rural northern Los Angeles County were allowed back in their h...

Is Your Community Ready For Wildfire Season?

Posted 08.08.2011 | Impact

The massive wildfire raging across eastern Arizona is a vivid reminder of how suddenly and rapidly fires can erupt and take over this time of year. As...

Arizona Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Another Town

AP/The Huffington Post | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 08.06.2011 | Green

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) -- Stiff winds whipped up a gigantic blaze in the mountains of eastern Arizona on Monday, forcing the evacuation of a third ...

Montreal's Hotels For The Homeless

CP | Posted 08.05.2011 | Home

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- ST-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. -- Quebec's once-in-a-century floods that have forced hundreds from their homes are transforming som...

Pets Should Be Evacuated, Too

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

It's time for the State Department to permanently change its policy to allow all members of U.S. citizens' families -- no matter how many legs they have -- to evacuate together when disaster strikes.

Jeff Hart, Chile Mine Driller From Denver, Becomes Rescue Hero

AP | MICHAEL WARREN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile — Jeff Hart was drilling water wells for the U.S. Army's forward operating bases in Afghanistan when he got the call to fly...

Union Square Bomb Search: Bomb Squad Inspecting Suspicious Vehicle In New York City

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York City police evacuated part of an apartment building and blocked off some streets near Manhattan's Union Square after a Thurs...

Ogden IRS Building Evacuated: 'Suspicious Substance' Found, Hazmat Called To IRS Building In Utah

AP | MIKE STARK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

OGDEN, Utah — A suspicious substance found at an IRS building in Ogden, Utah, on Monday is not hazardous, an official with the U.S. Postal Inspe...

Acid Spill In Pennsylvania: 5,000 Evacuated After Hazardous Spill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WIND GAP, Pa. — A tractor-trailer carrying a dangerous acid overturned on a highway Saturday, prompting authorities to order thousands of reside...

My Account of the Santa Barbara Tea Fire

Peter Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Kornbluth

Having since found out about friends who lost their homes, and seen the destruction in their neighborhoods, it feels somewhat inappropriate to communicate our good fortune.

Lessons for Hospitals from Hurricane Gustav

Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri Fink

Cross-posted with ProPublica As Hurricane Gustav approached the southern Louisiana coastline late last month, an estimated 10,000 hospital, nursing h...

Ike Forces Gulf Coast Evacuations In Texas

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HOUSTON — Cars and trucks streamed inland and chemical companies buttoned up their plants Thursday as a gigantic Hurricane Ike took aim at the h...