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Natural Disaster

What Happens When an Earthquake Strikes the Place Where You Grew Up?

Ravishly | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
Ravishly

Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.

Valpo Burning

Mason Bryan | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Mason Bryan

The unfailing beauty of tragedy is the unity that follows. It's in disaster that we acquire a heightened sense of connection and become poignantly more aware of the deeper, but rarely acknowledged, truth -- that we really are all in this together.

Do Gay People Control the Weather?

Lillian Daniel | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Lillian Daniel

Whenever there is extreme weather, some weird religious leader gets airtime for blaming someone. Whether it's a tsunami, an earthquake, a heat wave or a drought, someone will say it's God's way of getting our attention and therefore it has to be someone's fault.

Beauty From Ashes

Rai Mensah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Rai Mensah

As we listened to speakers and looked through images of the disaster, I was so very impressed by the grace and beauty with which the people of Iwate functioned even in times of devastation.

Hundreds Evacuated In East Bay Wildfire

AP | Posted 11.09.2013 | San Francisco

CLAYTON, Calif. — A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park grew Monday, forcing more people to leave their homes and leadi...

Death Toll In Oklahoma Storms Rises To 14

AP | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green

OKLAHOMA CITY — Four more deaths are being attributed to the tornadoes and flooding last week in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma medical examiner's offi...

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....

PHOTOS: Tornado Hits Oklahoma

Posted 06.01.2013 | Green

A deadly storm moved through Oklahoma Friday evening, producing several tornadoes and causing widespread flooding. The storm flooded streets and in...

Tornado Victims Astounded At How They Survived

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green

* Six previously missing now accounted for * Area known as Tornado Alley took warnings seriously * President Obama to vi...

Safe: Thoughts On Tornadoes And Hate Violence

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

I find it hard to say the word "safe" this week without thinking about the anti-gay hate crimes that have been occurring in our community this year. I have reacted strongly to these acts, but I know that, in this case, I am like the New Yorkers who have never been directly affected by tornadoes.

Economic Development with a human voice

Liz Ryan | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

Michael Hecht draws inspiration from the city leaders and planners who designed the all-new Chicago after the Great Fire in 1871. The Chicago fire was...

Cognitive Earthquake: Who's Really in Need?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.30.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

As described in a forthcoming article in Psychological Science, across all scenarios volunteers felt that they should give much more generously when a disaster had a high death toll. That is, donors were highly sensitive to fatalities, and unfazed by the actual numbers of needy.

Letting Love Win: Coping with Fear, Anger, Grief and Despair in the Wake of Tragedy

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Jacobs

It can be so hard to find love in our hearts, to imagine peace, to practice compassion, to have faith in a benevolent universe after terrible things happen. But for as long as we hold on to anger and fear, we add to the darkness in our own hearts and in the world.

2013: The Year Fatigue Set In

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Marian Salzman

"Fatigue" turned out to be the perfect word for what many people were beginning to feel after a few years of hyperconnectivity, information overload and always-on living.

Unshakable Humanity: Altruism and Disaster

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.17.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Will the precocious altruism of childhood survive severe tribulation, or will kids revert back to their earlier self-centeredness? The Sichuan earthquake provided a natural "stress test" to examine the strength of youthful generosity.

Nature, Spirit and Wellness

Joel and Michelle Levey | Posted 02.26.2013 | Green
Joel and Michelle Levey

The relevance of this film festival is highly compelling in the light of increasing and undeniable evidence that the integrity of the life support systems of planet Earth is threatened by rampant greed and aggression reflective of a fundamental ignorance of our place in relation to the web of life.

Do Sandy's Storm Clouds Have a Silver Lining?

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.09.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

In short, it appears that early adversity boosts mental toughness and sense of mastery and control -- all important ingredients of psychological resilience.

Stages of Grief: Storm Edition

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.08.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

We now recognize obsession as one of the classic and final stages of grief (storm-wise) as we try to will the Con Edison trucks to head to our neighborhoods.

What I Want My Daughter To Know About Her Home

Lyz Lenz | Posted 01.06.2013 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

Before the flood, I would have told my child that place doesn't matter. That you are you and the place you stand is just a changing backdrop, irrelevant to what you become. But now, I know that is not true.

How to Survive Debt After a Natural Disaster

Steve Rhode | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

While everything else is in a states of crisis, taking a few minutes to think about what is going to happen with your financial situation is important.

5 Ways To Feel More Fulfilled Today

Nicole Glassman | Posted 01.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Nicole Glassman

It is interesting how a time of apparent scarcity brings about awareness. We may feel the strain of the power outages and the lack of convenience in our lives, but in being disconnected from our daily routines, we are actually more connected than ever before.

How Hurricane Sandy Affected Women Small Business Owners 

Karin Kamp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Karin Kamp

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will affect businesses for weeks, if not months. And for small businesses, the backbone of New York City's economy, a blow from a disaster like Sandy can have a huge impact.

The Slap: Rise Up Better Than Before

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Mother Nature has done it again. She slapped us upside the head to knock some sense into us. There is devastation for many. Nothing makes sense for them yet, but for most of us, we've been slapped into awareness.

Sandy and the Importance of Government

David Morris | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
David Morris

When disasters hit, the government is the only agent with the authority and capacity to marshal and mobilize resources sufficient to the undertaking

Hide From Sandy With The Best Storm Movies

Posted 10.28.2012 | Entertainment

With Hurricane Sandy brewing and the clouds getting darker over New York City, storms are on our minds. Need some inspiration for the impending wea...