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Disaster Preparedness

Tech Tips and Disaster Prep Planning

Robert Siciliano | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

A 93-year-old woman survived Hurricane Sandy, but not before her family went through hell wondering if she was alive, being that her landline was down and she had no cellphone. Lesson learned: Elderly people who live alone should have a cellphone. This technology is available -- use it.

Disaster Prep Expert: Why Godzilla Can't Kick Our Ass; Conversely, Why Godzilla Can Totally Kick Our Ass

Aaron Sagers | Posted 07.19.2014 | Weird News
Aaron Sagers

With Godzilla back in full force on our movie screens, it seemed like a good time to chat with a disaster expert about concerns associated with monster attacks.

Taking Action for Health Equity Through Preparedness and Response

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

It takes a community working together to prepare for, respond to and recover effectively from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies. Minority Health Month reminds us how important health equity is -- not just for minority communities but for our health and strength as a nation.

New York Raises the Bar on Rising Tides

Kerry Trueman | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Rising tides cause billions of dollars in damage to electrical grids, water and gas pipelines, cell phone networks, railroads and subways lines -- in short, all the utilities and infrastructure that we depend on everyday. Businesses implode, cars corrode, tempers explode. Our economy grinds to a soggy, salty halt.

What Being in an Earthquake Feels Like

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Who can spend their days worrying that the next disaster is coming in a few minutes? Who can worry about their daughter's apartment building flattening like a house of cards?

Dare to Prepare: Taking Disaster Risk Seriously

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Two communities of practice have long characterized the international aid industry. On the one hand, the development community deals with long-term poverty reduction in order to support development and growth.

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...

Recovery and Renewal in Haiti

Victoria Dunning | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Never have I observed that more than on that trip to Haiti, as people greeted me and welcomed me inside their homes to be interviewed about their experiences, and as I helped a woman, baby on her back, hang her laundry on the line.

Health Reform in Your Emergency Kit

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

When individuals can take better care of themselves, it's good for the entire community. Whether in an outbreak, earthquake or storm, those with these resources can better care for themselves, allowing the authorities to focus on the most vulnerable right away.

Safety First (and Second): Pet Perils Persist After Storm Clouds Clear

Natasha Ashton | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

Whether this year's hurricane season will live up to predictions remains to be seen, but whether we experience storms before November, or not until next year, it is still smart to be aware of perils to our pets after a storm strikes.

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.

Planning for a Disaster Now Can Help You if One Strikes

Mark Steber | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

Before you think "that will never happen to me" or "I will deal with it once it happens," remember, a few minutes of advance planning is better than the angst of post-disaster documentation searching and replacement.

LOOK: Survivalists Gather In Maryland

The Frederick News-Post, Md. | Courtney Mabeus | Posted 10.20.2013 | DC

BOONSBORO -- Chuck Acker stocks enough food to feed his family of four for three months if disaster were to strike. "It's common sense insurance," sa...

Preparing for Disaster in Nicaragua

Michael Solis | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Michael Solis

My friends tease me, telling me I have to relax. But the truth is that we never know when these things might happen, and it's better to be prepared for the worst should the unwanted ever unfold.

Is Your Family Ready for a Disaster?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Along with making a donation to agencies supporting those affected by the tornado, a really good thing for all families to do is to make some disaster plans of their own.

The Competition To Care

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Literally hundreds of faith-based and community-based organizations deployed to assist the survivors of the explosions and assist the City of Boston in the hours after the explosions.

How To Deal With Any Wedding Emergency

Posted 02.21.2013 | Weddings

Between the ceremony, reception, guest list and honeymoon, it's easy to forget to plan one very important aspect of your wedding: your emergency kit. ...

Including Health Care in Discussions of Storm Preparedness

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 03.27.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

The city and its residents have much to address in the way of preparedness. But health care should not be relegated to a "phase two" role. It is too important and the consequences of not addressing shortfalls in the system are too steep.

Hurricane Sandy Counter Insurgency

Jesse Levin | Posted 02.10.2013 | New York
Jesse Levin

In disaster response scenarios, indigenous capacity and community resources are often overlooked as responders operate under preconceived protocols that exist autonomously from the realities of those who need assistance.

Sandy's Power Outages: We Can, and Should, Do Better

Lewis Milford | Posted 01.08.2013 | New York
Lewis Milford

Creating resilient clean energy infrastructure for the 21st century is one of the most pressing financing challenges our time. With more deliberate planning and upgrades to our energy infrastructure, losses could be mitigated, or even avoided.

What All Co-Parents Must Do In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

Honoree Corder | Posted 01.06.2013 | Divorce
Honoree Corder

As millions of people are struggling to define their new normal post-Sandy, there may be gaps in your own disaster-preparedness.

What All Co-Parents Must Do In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

Ashley Reich | Posted 01.06.2013 | Divorce
Ashley Reich

As millions of people are struggling to define their new normal post-Sandy, there may be gaps in your own disaster-preparedness.

A Guide to Technology Amidst an Apocalypse

Benjamin Key | Posted 01.05.2013 | Comedy
Benjamin Key

Upon hearing of a storm, you will receive a flurry of concerned texts. Most will be from your mom. Both the Nexus 4 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X feature screens large enough to show your friends the earnest messages while you mock the woman who gave you life.

In the Calm Before the Electoral Storm, Let's Ask Some Big Questions

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We're in the calm between the storms. The one created by Mother Nature has passed; the man-made electoral storm is about to begin. But in the short window before the media goes All Election, All the Time, we should take a moment to ask some big questions. That's what I've found myself doing over nearly a week of living by candlelight once the sun set. Why is it so difficult for us to look around the corner and prevent upcoming disasters, or at least mitigate their impact? Why does it take a disaster to bring out the best in us? Why can't we sustain that best-self spirit even after these storm-battered communities get back on their feet? In a few hours, we're going to get lots of results, but we shouldn't confuse them with answers. Those we'll have to keep looking for ourselves.

Sandy's Wake Up Call: Disaster Planning for Your Family

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Brett Blumenthal

As devastating as the last week has been, what we learn from the experience helps us move forward and prepare for what might come in the future.