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Emergency Preparedness

How The Red Cross Is Saving Lives Through Social Data

Laura Howe | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Laura Howe

Nearly four years ago, as Haiti struggled to overcome an earthquake that killed tens of thousands, humanitarian response agencies -- the Red Cross among them -- swung into action.

One Year After: A Tribute From an ER Physician

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

On April 15, 2013, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and walked to Mass General Hospital to begin my ER shift. It was the day of Boston marathon, and we were prepared for the usual influx of people with heatstroke and dehydration. Just before 3 p.m., we received the call that nobody could have predicted.

Dare to Prepare: Taking Disaster Risk Seriously

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 03.03.2014 | 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.

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.

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.

How You Can Protect Children, Before Disaster Strikes

Mark Shriver | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Mark Shriver

From Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, to Sandy Hook, to the Oklahoma tornadoes, the last 12 months have featured natural disasters and high-profile school tragedies. Unfortunately, it's clearer than ever that children in the United States are still not getting all the protections they deserve.

Preparing for Climate Change After Summer at the Shore

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.03.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

At the shore this summer, the ocean breezes were as wonderful as ever, family and friends still gathered as always; but the shadow of Superstorm Sandy was never far from view. There are few if any climate deniers left on Long Beach.

16 Things Every Woman Should Carry On A Summer Adventure

Posted 06.20.2013 | OWN

By Amanda Schupak Bug spray? Check. Sunscreen? Check. JetScream Whistle? Didn't think so. When you venture into the great outdoors, do you have...

New FEMA Study: Climate Change Will Greatly Increase Flood Risk, Debt

Peter Lehner | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Peter Lehner

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in a study finally released last week after five years in the making, predicted that areas at risk of floodin...

Tornado Survival Tips

Matthew Stein | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
Matthew Stein

Though nothing can guarantee absolute safety in the path of a tornado, understanding something about the nature of tornadoes, safety tips for surviving a tornado strike, and which common folklore is to be trusted or ignored, will improve your chances for making the right decision.

Disaster Management: What We Can Learn From the Developing World

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

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.

Are You Financially Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

Beth Kobliner | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Beth Kobliner

With "100-year" storms occurring every few years, the expression "think globally, act locally," takes on new meaning. The frequent occurrence of these storms results in the fact that we have to pay more attention to how we are protecting our families.

The Dance for Disaster Dough

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

Let's develop a disaster trust fund built on the assumption that when disasters happen every year, they are no longer emergencies needing special funding, but routine events needing certain funding.

No Joke, the Zombie Apocalypse Is Coming!

David Aronchick | Posted 02.03.2013 | Weird News
David Aronchick

Tens of millions of viewers around the world are currently sitting on pins and needles in anticipation of what will happen next on The Walking Dead. Who will get munched? What will happen to the Governor? Many viewers will sit through the show wondering, "is this foreshadowing?"

We Need a Federal Disaster Superfund

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

As we work to transition to a fossil fuel free economy and begin the long process of reversing the causes of climate change, we will need to adapt to the impact of the climate changes already underway.

New York Learned Oil Supply Lesson The Hard Way

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2013 | New York

By Joshua Schneyer and Selam Gebrekidan NEW YORK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - At 4 p.m. on Oct. 29, as heavy winds battered the...

Scary Movie 6: Scenes From Romney's FEMA Privatization

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

ROMNEY ON FUNDING FEMA: "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the righ...

Jeffrey Young

Health Care System Bends But Doesn't Break | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business

The health care system seems to have withstood the worst of Hurricane Sandy despite some high-profile breakdowns, including the evacuation of several ...

The Growing Momentum Behind Sustainability Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.31.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

We have developed a highly mechanized, energy intensive, high throughput economy that is chewing up the planet's resources at a ferocious pace.

Jeffrey Young

Beyond NYU Hospital, Medical Facilities On East Coast Weathering Sandy | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.30.2012 | Business

A handful of hospitals in New York and New Jersey closed and evacuated patients, while others are operating solely on backup generators, but most hosp...

The Politics of Sandy

Patty Culhane | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Patty Culhane

There has been a lot of talk on the campaign about making the "tough decision to bring down the debt, to balance the budget, reduce the size of government." Those are all nice slogans, but no one is talking about what that could actually mean.

Hurricane Sandy: Tips on Maintaining Breastfeeding Success During an Emergency

Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC

As the east coast begins to deal with the reality of Hurricane Sandy, breastfeeding moms should consider taking steps that will help ensure maximum continued breastfeeding success during the emergency.

Learning the Drill for Emergency Preparedness

Dr. James J. Kelly | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Dr. James J. Kelly

This concern amongst college administrators has prompted many of us to take a fresh look at our preparedness programs. For many institutions, that means trying them out.

Prepare for Hurricane Isaac

Greg White | Posted 10.27.2012 | Miami
Greg White

I am in Florida as hurricane Isaac approaches. Normally old men don't come down till November, but this Isaac's early. So I looked at my fridge and pantry and came up with this vision of my food plan of action if I lose power.

Demonstration Preparedness: Is Your Business Ready?

Bill Whitmore | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
Bill Whitmore

While protestors have a right to demonstrate, business owners also have rights, and a responsibility to their employees and visitors. When large crowds gather outside your work environment, individuals inside may be at risk if the event spirals out of control.