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Actor Wendell Pierce on Katrina, Art as Activism, Challenging Confederate History, and New Orleans' Future.

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Talmon J. Smith

I spoke with Wendell Pierce - most famous for his HBO series roles in The Wire and Treme - on the closing weekend of Brothers from the Bottom, a critically-acclaimed play about gentrification in New Orleans after the storm, in which Pierce played a lead role both on stage and in production.

People Of New Orleans Say Government Didn't Do Enough After Katrina

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." Those infamous words from President George W. Bush praising a key federal official in charge of Hurricane Ka...

Rachel Maddow Pillories Ex-FEMA Director For Defending His Handling Of Katrina

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 08.28.2015 | Media

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Katrina: Where Faith and Interfaith Groups Picked Up as Federal Government Failed

Abdul Malik Mujahid | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Abdul Malik Mujahid

The failure of the strongest government in the world was of historic proportions. But faith and interfaith communities made history. They were the first responders, if not the only help, for most people over the course of several weeks. After 10 years, their work with survivors continues.

4 Better Ways to Spend $163 Billion

Avi Yashchin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Technology
Avi Yashchin

The F-35 joint strike fighter, the United States' most expensive warplane to date, was supposed to cost $1.5 trillion over 50 years. The current contract is seven years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. Here are four other things the US could have bought with the waste from the program.

A Decade After Katrina: Aftermath Lounge by Margaret McMullan

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Recurring themes of maternal abandonment, marital strife, classism, depression and addiction bob like so many buoys out in the Gulf, forming a strange dot-to-dot that somehow spells strength.

FEMA Wants People With Disabilities to Lead the Way on Emergency Preparedness

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Blahovec

For people with disabilities, being prepared is often one of the most fundamental skills necessary for coping with complicated medical problems or special needs.

Assessing the Probability of a Massive Cascadia Earthquake

Paul Runge | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science
Paul Runge

Watching the waves spill onto the beach in Clatsop County, Oregon, it's easy to forget that the nearby houses are doomed. The Pacific waters are frigid blue. The beaches run inland from white sand to tough, salt-sprayed grass. It's too peaceful to envision disaster.

After Superstorm Sandy, a Community Cries Out for Its Hospital

Laurie Nadel | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Laurie Nadel

Building a new hospital in Long Beach -- as FEMA intended when it allocated $154 million for that purpose -- will lead the country as a venue for new modalities of care for survivors of catastrophes.

'Green News Report' - March 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

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Elise Foley

Days Before DHS Funding Runs Out, The Post-Shutdown Debate Is Heating Up | Elise Foley | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- TSA agents would remain in airports, patrol agents would still be manning the border and Coast Guard officers would continue monitoring ...

Getting the Budget Process Back on Track

Craig Fugate | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Craig Fugate

I can say with certainty that the current budget standoff has a real impact on our ability to ensure that a wide range of emergency personnel across the country have the resources they need to do their jobs and keep our communities safer and more secure.


AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effectiv...

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 ...

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.

Michael 'Heck-of-a-Job' Brown Doesn't Want 'Stupid People' to Vote

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.20.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

We caught "Brownie," as Bush called him, on the air saying he doesn't want "stupid people" to vote, because they're "more likely than not to vote for a Democrat."

As a Team Leader in FEMA Corps, I Helped Educate Youth Before the Next Superstorm

Thomas Trapane | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Thomas Trapane

It cannot possibly get any better than this. I had no idea that I would spend the entire year in AmeriCorps with the same nine people, doing these great things in the name of service.

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...

Superstorm Sandy Victims Might Have To Return Some FEMA Funds

AP | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people who received government aid after Superstorm Sandy slammed the East Coast may be forced to give some or all 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...

Congress Considers Review Of Police Military Gear

AP | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government programs to help local police agencies obtain military-grade equipment evolved in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist a...

Reality Check on FEMA's Denial of Disaster Declaration

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 11.03.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Until we have another super storm or when the major quake due for Hawai'i island hits, tell your legislators that the HHRF should be protected. In fact, disaster preparedness on multiple fronts should be a high priority for the state.

FEMA Denies Hawaii's Post-Storm Disaster Request

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 10.28.2014 | Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Is...

Getting Chased By Zombies Can Also Teach You Important Disaster Prep Skills

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green

Kids participate in disaster preparedness games. In an emergency situation, having the right supplies and knowledge to survive can be critical, b...