Tagged: disaster

Strategies Against Inevitable Superstorms: Extreme Storms Require Extreme Preparation

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has released a report called “After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability”. This report details the effects of Hurricane Sandy and discusses a likely future where such so-called Superstorms are the norm. One of the biggest challenges of climate change will be the...

Trouncing the Triple Threat: Promoting Psychological Health with Fact Sheets on Disaster, Disease and Distress

The Uniformed Services University has collected resources to promote psychological health. These resources are intended for civilian and military communities. This compilation, titled “Disaster, Disease and Distress: Resources to Promote Psychological Health and Resilience in Military and Civilian Communities“, is meant to address the psychological impact of traumatic events. From...

Shake, Rattle, and Wave: USGS Releases Tsunami Risk Reduction Study

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a report called “The Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Tsunami Scenario”. This report depicts a potential tsunami created by an earthquake offshore from the Alaska Peninsula and how it might impact the coast of California. According to the report, “[t]he tsunami scenario...

UN Report Verifies Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Following the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria on August 21, 2013, the United Nations sent a team of experts to Damascus to investigate the area and determine the validity of the charges against the Assad regime. The UN team’s findings were recently released in a report which concluded...

National Preparedness Month Blog: NCDP Preparedness Wizard

Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) now offers on its website an interactive training program on disaster preparedness called the “Preparedness Wizard: Personal Preparedness in Five Action Steps.” Frequently compared to the format of the popular personal tax program TurboTax, this program walks users step-by-step through the NCDP’s...

National Preparedness Month Blog: Disaster Risk Reduction – Reduce Risk, Save Lives

The Feinstein International Center has released a report called “Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Livelihoods”. This report is the result of a three-country study in which the Feinstein International Center sought to “Improve the overall knowledge of the relationship between disaster risk and livelihood strategies; Improve the understanding and gaps...

National Preparedness Month Blog: Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has published a report titled, Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management, which provides a summary of a roundtable discussion hosted by the organization last September. At this meeting, participants from around the world "discussed the opportunities, challenges, and gaps in the use...

National Preparedness Month Blog: Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making

The National Academies Press has released a new report, "Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making," that provides a summary of the workshop held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the March 2013 NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials) Public Health Preparedness Summit....