Tagged: natural disasters

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FEMA Releases Protective Actions Guidance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released the latest guidance on protective actions during natural disasters. According to the report, “evacuation and shelter-in-place have become more important to emergency management operations in previous years.” To address these developments, the document provides a tailored overview of evacuation and shelter-in-place operations by drawing...

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National Health Security at Record High Despite Increasingly Aggregated Population

The National Health Security Preparedness Index, which “tracks the nation’s progress in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and other large-scale emergencies that pose risks to health and well-being in the United States” has released its 2019 Summary of Key Findings. The Index examines six categories of health...

Cascadia Rising Exercise 2016: FEMA Prepares for the Next “Big One”

The Emergency Operations and Coordination Center (EOC/ECC) under FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) along with all levels of government and private sector in Washington and Oregon will conduct a four day emergency management exercise called Cascadia Rising to simulate a field response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone catastrophic earthquake and tsunami....

How Urbanization is Affecting Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

The United Nations Population Fund predicts that by the year 2050 86% of the population in developed nations (64% in developing nations) will live in urban areas. This ongoing migration from rural areas to more densely inhabited cities catalyzes urban sprawl, which subsequently makes a greater portion of the population...

President Obama’s Interest in Big Data Analyses

The President has expressed interest in how analyses of big data (also known as big data analyses or BDA) can improve emergency preparedness and overall national security. As a result, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) drafted a Report to the President on Big Data Analytics. The report first...