I wanted to know what would happen if a major quake or wildfire hit L.A. today. Controller Wendy Greuel says, "We know natural disasters are a question of when, not if... and more must be done to help ensure the City is adequately prepared."
We will have another large earthquake in California. No one knows when, but there will be one. So "Burners Without Borders" hosted a disaster prep workshop recently, called "How to Survive the Apocalypse On $20 and the Stuff In Your Junk Drawer."
The tenth anniversary of September 11 presents an opportunity to assess the progress made in the U.S. capacity to respond more effectively to a major disaster, be it a result of terrorism or a natural event.
Bob and Irene were farmers in upstate New York. To me, they weren't hurricanes -- they were dear family friends. Actually they sold their farm to my husband in the late '70s, and in the years to follow Bob helped take care of things, right up until his death.
As the flood waters recede and the news cycles resumes its deafening roar, we stand to gain from one more lesson learned: while our human-made problems and conflicts seem indomitable, they are the only ones we truly have the power to resolve.
The usual emphasis on panic in disasters implies that, in a crisis, we're all sheep wheeling around idiotically and selfishly trampling those around us. But those who study the subject confirm that most of us behave beautifully.
Indonesia's drive to pursue nuclear -- part of an energy development plan to cut fossil-fuel dependence by around 12 percent by 2025 -- is in contrast to the nuclear rethink displayed by most nations last week.
In our society of high life-expectancy, death usually comes unseen behind the closed doors of nursing homes, or the curtains of a hospital room. We have gained, therefore, the luxury of deluding ourselves that we are here forever