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Join a Global Arts Response to Terror

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
Lane Harwell

I write following recent terrorist attacks around the world, from Paris, Beirut, and Mali to San Bernardino, as the presence of terror looms too large and too real. This presence is a call to action for those of us working in the arts and culture.

Are You Prepared For an Emergency?

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.18.2016 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

September is National Preparedness Month, and now is the time to refresh your family's existing emergency plan or map one out for the first time. Waiting to act until the emergency event is occurring is really too late.

How 10 Years Have Changed Disaster Preparedness and Response

Gail McGovern | Posted 08.17.2016 | 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.

Post-Katrina Struggles Continue in the Lower Ninth Ward and Parts of West Bank New Orleans

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.14.2016 | Business
Susan Buchanan

In the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Rev. Charles Duplessis of Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church says an estimate that less than half of that area's pre-Katrina population has returned looks accurate.

Matt Sledge

FEMA Kept A Close Eye On Ferguson During August Protests | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics

The Federal Emergency Management Agency kept a close eye on "civil unrest" in Ferguson, Missouri, in the days immediately following the Aug. 9 shootin...

Kate Sheppard

2 Years After Sandy, U.S. Disaster Policy Is Still A Disaster | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated the northeastern United States, killing more than 70 people, causing $60 billion in damage ...

What CERT Training Taught Me About Healthy Living

Tim McDonald | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

We learned that if we saw an X with a square around it, we should not enter. It's unsafe. If your job is to help search for others and you get hurt and can no longer search, how much help would you be? It's taken me years to realize this lesson applies to how we take care of ourselves in our own lives.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

Kate Sheppard

Chris Christie's State Agencies Are Worried About Climate Change, Even If He Isn't | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

When it comes to climate change, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has been wishy-washy, at the least. "Climate change is real…[and] impacting ...

Kate Sheppard

Congress Just Undid The 1 Good Thing It's Done On Climate Change | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Congress approved changes to the federal flood insurance program in June 2012 that lawmakers said then would fix the program's problem...

Kate Sheppard

Flood Grant Program To Let Communities Consider Rising Seas Due To Climate Change | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- State and local leaders can now consider expected sea level rise due to climate change when applying for grants to help prevent proper...

Obama Makes 'Heckuva Job' Jab

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

MSNBC host Chris Matthews asked President Barack Obama what he had to say about growing skepticism on the part of the American people during a Thursda...

Size of Rebuild at Orleans Parish Prison Is Scrutinized

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.31.2014 | Crime
Susan Buchanan

The jail's giant, new high-tech kitchen can serve between 25,000 to 30,000 meals a day--far more than three squares meals needed for nearly 2,400 inmates now. Meanwhile, the Phase II jail will be able to house 1,438 inmates.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Take Proactive Approach To Climate Change | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration quietly unveiled a new executive order on Friday laying out plans to deal with the impacts of climate change ...

5 Reasons Why Obama's Climate Change Moment Mustn't Be Missed

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This is no time for a small pitch on power plant carbon parameters. We need something big if we are to survive at all. Now let's hope he understands that and does something real to address it.

Public, private funds revive 1940s-era recreation center in New Orleans

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.09.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 10, 2013 issue.) Last week, New Orleans reopened the John P. Lyons Memorial Center ...

Obama Surveying Oklahoma Tornado Damage

By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — President Barack Obama visited tornado-devastated Moore, Okla., Sunday, consoling people staggered by the loss of life and prope...

Obama Signs Oklahoma Disaster Declaration

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma as the state recovers from a massive tornado that ripped through the Ok...

Superstorm Sandy Conundrum: Rebuild or Retreat

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.09.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

For many storm victims whose homes were battered or destroyed by Sandy, the answer is "rebuild." Governor Cuomo has an alternative.Homes destroyed on ...

New Orleans Rosenwald Center, Opened For African Americans During Segregation, To Be Rebuilt

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Jan. 14, 2013 edition.) On South Broad and Earhart in New Orleans, the Rosenwald Center-...

4.4 Million Cubic Yards Of Debris

Newsday | Bill Bleyer | Posted 03.10.2013 | New York

Superstorm Sandy damaged or destroyed 95,534 buildings in Nassau and Suffolk and left behind 4.4 million cubic yards of debris, according to the lates...

The Shameful Delay in Federal Aid for Sandy Relief

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Steven Cohen

Disaster relief and reconstruction is a central element of the fundamental, irreducible responsibility of government: security. If we are to live in a civilized community, we need to figure out a way to fund, develop and maintain enhanced disaster response capacity.

Happy Occu-Year 2013!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.06.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

So, Occupy is off to a good start for 2013. Heading into its second year of existence, it has a tailwind of good will and solid evidence of steadfast members who both lead and follow as called upon.

Senators Say No To Storm Aid, After Their States Received It

THE NEW YORK WORLD | Posted 01.04.2013 | New York

In the acrimonious dispute unfolding in Washington over the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, one of the most contentious requests is for money to shore up...

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...