Tagged: disasters

Climate Change and Its Effect on National Security

Over the past decade, extreme weather conditions have continued to escalate with pockets of devastation across the United States. These conditions, sparked by long-term changes in climate, put stress on local areas to deal with disasters. However, the instability brought from increasing catastrophes also has far reaching effects across social,...

Hurricane Katrina: The Catalyst for Change

From Chaos Comes Clarity Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina terrorized the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from August 23-31, making landfall in Louisiana on August 29. More than 1,800 people lost their lives and many more were displaced temporarily or permanently. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest disaster in...

Making a Dangerous Job Safer: Report Provides Roadmap Toward Smarter Fire Fighting

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collaborated with the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to produce the recent “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting: Summary Report“. In this report, readers find statistics regarding the hazards of fire fighting, damage caused, lives lost and disadvantages faced by fire fighters. ...

FEMA’s Higher Education Program’s New Book: ‘Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management’

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a new e-book focusing on Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management: A Dialogue Between Researchers and Practitioners. In most fields it can be said that the interaction between academics and practitioners is limited at best. Emergency Management and Disaster Science is...

Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Coastline from Extreme Weather

  This month, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), together with research support from Allied World and Earth Economics, published, Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather. The document takes an in-depth look at the risks we Americans face from potentially...

Putting Out the Mystery of Fire Incident Causes: NASFM Gives Fire Incident Reporting a Facelift

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation has released a report focusing on these burning questions: why do so many fire incident causes remain undetermined, and how can they improve the system of reporting? The report is called “Conquering the ‘Unknowns’: Research and Recommendations...

New Report Says United States is Ill-Prepared for Natural Disasters

A new report by the American Security Project has found that the United States is ill-prepared to deal with natural disasters, especially as they relate to coastal flooding. The report, called “Climate Change: Coastal Flood Threat”, uses the Netherland’s flood management plans, which are cited as some of the most...