Like clockwork it is "hurricane season" again. And like clockwork, the skilled and courageous men and women from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance...
Haiti is not an easy place to fight disease even in the best of times. For decades, poverty, government instability and other realities often stood in the way of success. This is why the recent data showing Haiti is protecting its entire population from lymphatic filariasis is a milestone.
During the weekend of June 7-9, 2013, I had the honor to participate on a panel at the Left Forurm 2013: The largest annual intellectual conference of...
I have an odd research agenda for an economist: for the last 15 years I have studied the societal impacts and economic dimensions of natural hazards. ...
One of the benefits of being an old guy and living in Washington, D.C., is that I have had the privilege of meeting almost every U.S. President since Eisenhower.
When you consider that animals bring on their own assaults, it is not hard to understand this same mentality when applied to all sorts of people by other people.
We need such prayers today, not because prayers "do" anything but because our prayers are given to the God who answers us with something vastly larger and more concrete than we alone could imagine.
People can have all the heart and nerve in the world, but if they start off injured and behind, they're far less likely to do as well during a disaster, and much more likely to have an extended recovery period.
God is indeed in the midst of suffering, but as its resolution, not its cause. God is in its healing. God is in the relief workers, the doctors, the volunteers, and in the heroic acts of people who saved their neighbors and pulled survivors from their shattered homes.
While the country is reeling from the tragedy of the tornado in Oklahoma, there is also, in a much more hidden way, another massive cost of helping victims that is not being talked about.
After rescue efforts are exhausted and the recovery phase of a disaster begins, what might traumatic disorders look like in you or a loved one in the aftermath of the destruction?
When you've lost everything - your neighborhood, your home, or someone you care about - getting even the smallest piece of your life back can mean everything to you. For people dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster, being reunited with the furriest member of their family can make all the difference - and I've made it my mission to help make these reunions possible.
Children need a place to recover, and their parents need a safe space for them as they take on the many tasks needed to rebuild their lives. That, along with rebuilding the community itself, will take time.
Nothing can mitigate the profound sadness of the deaths of dozens of people. But the families of all the victims would be right in wishing that there had been a few more miracles to go around.
When kids learn with and from each other, they can come up with constructive actions to make healing and rebuilding widespread and long-lasting.
Emergencies test the fabric of the community and attest to the importance of citizen engagement. In cities with large urban poor populations, planning not only mitigates potential financial and human losses, it also provides a baseline measurement of what survival means for a community.