Then the evacuees started to arrive in Baton Rouge. One woman desperately begged for my phone. Her husband was injured during the storm and they were plucked off their roof by separate helicopters. She didn't know where he was. She didn't know if he was alive. Since that time, everyday technology has made numerous and significant advances to keep people safe and families connected.
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.
The first U.S. Occupation of Haiti in 1915 occurred while the European former colonial powers were at war with one another.
According to Giving USA, donations reached nearly $360 billion in 2014, the highest amount since the 2007 recession. With text to donate, high-profile endorsements, and online crowdfunding, it's never been easier for individuals to choose and contribute to a cause.
I've been working on the ground in Haiti with people who are heroic to me. It has bred this reflection. What my eyes have seen make me grateful to them. What my eyes have seen make me grateful to the American Red Cross.
There are still many amazing and honest nonprofits out there -- both large and small. Do your research. Ask them questions. Don't be shy about inquiring exactly where your money goes.
Young and Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world. By sharing t...
Back on rubble mound, 16-year-old Mako Gali is smiling. Her smile, despite the loss of her entire family, is almost too much too take and she has to comfort a reporter 25 years her senior.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed more than 7,000 people, and left the country ravaged in need of acute social and structural reconstruction.
When news broke of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, I had just returned from my 20th trip to Haiti and was tragically reminded of what we faced in the early hours following the Haiti earthquake.
Technology won't prevent a disaster and it can't solve post-disaster challenges. But as in young Samuel's case, it certainly can help save lives.
What should have happened with me? I should have been asked the same questions every other woman is asked. I never should have received a follow-up call during which I needed to defend my gender identity.
When I speak with friends and note their despair about the state of the planet, I remind them that we are not inherently evil doers as some would conclude during these very dark times when heads are literally rolling; the results of a distortion of faith.
By suggesting that gay and bisexual men are at risk for HIV and straight people aren't, the FDA's guidelines misinform the public. To the extent that it contributes to ignorance of the risks associated with certain types of heterosexual sex, the FDA's policy, even in its revised form, actually presents a public-health concern.
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.
Previously, any gay man who ever had sex with another man, no matter how "safe" the sex, was deemed too risky to donate blood. Now they are banned only if they had sex within the last year. These regulations were put into place during the height of the HIV/AIDS hysteria.