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Where Is the Respect?

David Kessler | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
David Kessler

We honor loss by individualizing it. That's what we need to do for each of the 298 souls lost. These events are reminders of how important peace is to us. These bodies remind us of the importance of life.

Making the world kinder, one "digital hug" at a time

Laura Howe | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Laura Howe

While we train digital volunteers, ultimately what we do isn't very complex. We help people feel more connected when something scary is happening. We offer some basic human kindness.

Volunteers Across The World CAN Save You During A Disaster. Here's How.

Jana Sweeny | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Jana Sweeny

As Ebola began its march through West Africa earlier this year, health officials didn't have many tools at their disposal to fight it. But it didn't take long for us to realize something extraordinary: one of the best defenses for a disease with no known treatment may actually be technology.

From the Philippines, With Love

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

What better day than Valentine's Day to celebrate the dedication, perseverance and, of course, love between the communities, families and children in the parts of the country that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan?

Never Miss a Deadline

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Leslie Firtell, founder and CEO of Tower Legal Solutions, was forced to test her pet project, disaster preparedness, when Sandy hit New York. With a c...

The Only 3 Things Atlanta Mayor and Georgia Gov. Should Have Said, And 5 Things They Should Have Done

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Everything that the nearly 6 million Atlantans experienced this week was both predictable and avoidable. That is what makes the C.Y.A., excuse-filled press conferences by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal both infuriating and insulting.

Dr. Cary's Academy Award Nominations for Best Health Movie

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

You have not heard about these nominations, because the Academy really doesn't have a category of Best Health-Themed Movie of the Year. But as a physician, I know that what everyone sees on the big screen causes us to think about our personal lives and experiences and informs many of our conversations.

Drought Leads To Disaster Declarations In 11 States

AP | MICHELLE RINDELS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials have designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states as primary natural disaster areas, highl...

How To Survive Restaurant Disasters

The Daily Meal | Posted 03.18.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

We've rounded up 10 potential restaurant disasters and explain how to deal with them like a pro.

Amid the Ruins of Haiyan, a Kitten Connects Us

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Jennifer Hardy Not long after I arrived in Palo on the eastern coast of the Philippine island of Leyte - a city that lay in ruins - I heard a s...

5 Thanksgiving Disasters And How To Fix Them

Food52 | Posted 11.21.2013 | Taste
Food52

Even the most seasoned of home cooks is susceptible to a kitchen disaster, especially on such a high-stress occasion as Thanksgiving.

How Sandy Clean-Up Brought Day Laborers Out of the Shadows

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

When Sandy hit last October, the Northeast shoreline seemed to freeze: people were stranded in flooded homes, businesses shuttered, downtown Manhattan...

Millions of Seeds Saved for Humanity

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Sidonie Sawyer

Should a natural disaster strike, or should human error launch a cataclysmic event (on purpose or not), the vault would act as a safe-deposit box containing the seeds no longer available in traditional seed banks.

Protecting Kids Before the Next Sandy Strikes

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Hurricane Sandy's heartbreak is far from over. That's particularly true for parents. I'm talking about parents witnessing the ongoing impact of the devastating storm and its stressful aftermath on their children.

Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

It turned out that we found a much bigger house, with more light, a beautiful backyard, in a great location -- for less money than we had been paying. The need to move, which initially had seemed like such terrible news, turned into a very positive thing for us.

Time to Help

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 11.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Ricardo B. Salinas

Mexicans are known for acting with great solidarity in the face of such tragedies, which often bring out the best of us in helping others.

It's Up to Us to Be Ready When Disasters Strike

Wendy Spencer | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Storms highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and the responsibility we all have to be ready when disasters happen. We want everyone to make preparedness a priority this month. Here are some steps you can take now to get ready to help.

An Explosion That Changed the Nation

Kerry Walters | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Kerry Walters

When Americans opened their newspapers on February 29, 1844 -- a leap year -- they were shocked to read HORRIBLE ACCIDENT IN WASHINGTON!. The day before, a ghastly explosion had occurred aboard the USS Princeton.

Animal Disaster at The Washington Humane Society

Washington Humane Society | Posted 10.08.2013 | DC
Washington Humane Society

The Washington Humane Society is in immediate need of adopters. In July alone, WHS took in 526 cats, 326 dogs, and 22 other domestic animals. At the same time, only 241 adoptions occurred -- just 27 percent of the total intake. WHS currently has over 250 animals who need homes now.

Get Started: Taking Inventory of Your Possessions

Women & Co | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Women & Co

Having an accurate inventory of your possessions is essential in the event of theft, disaster, or loss. Don't wait for an emergency to happen to get organized.

How to Prepare for Any Disaster

Adam Levin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

Disasters disrupt life in unimaginable ways, making those affected much more vulnerable to secondary disasters -- the kind caused by criminals. I've been through a number of earthquakes and lost a home to Hurricane Sandy. I know how all-consuming the aftermath can be.

10 Cities Where Disaster May Strike Soon

weather.com | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green

The key to being safe in a hurricane is knowing when to evacuate (when your local officials tell you) and having a plan to get out with enough time....

God's Purveyors Of Hate

Kelly James Clark | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

From Fred Phelps to John Piper, Christians who speak hatred on behalf of God outdo Jesus, who humbly professed ignorance of the reason for disasters.

Readying for a Radiological Disaster? Preparing for Dirty Bombs, Nuclear Disaster and Other Radiological Emergencies

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Disaster, especially terrorism, notwithstanding its horrific initial impact on lives and property, takes its greatest toll, over time, by destabilizing the emotional -- and thus economic -- fabric of a community, state or nation.

Emran Hossain

Plodding Rescue In Factory Collapse Fuels Rage In Bangladesh

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

Shahana Akter somehow survived at least four days beneath the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, the collapsed factory building where...