Tagged: response

Still Picking Up the Pieces: The Two Year Anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Today is the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster that occurred in northeast Japan following a magnitude-9 earthquake on March 11, 2011. The earthquake, which developed on the ocean floor just off the coast of the country, generated a large tsunami which struck the power plant...

Transportation During and After Hurricane Sandy

The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, part of New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, released a report this month examining Hurricane Sandy’s impact on transportation in the New York Region during and after the storm. This storm “demonstrated the strengths and limits of the transportation...

Federal Activities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

“At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] continues to coordinate federal government assistance — including Department of Defense-provided aid — to support states in response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy[.]” Involvement in the response to this storm also includes U.S. Northern Command, more than...

Flooding in the Philippines: New Webpage for Locating/Reporting People

Due to the seasonal monsoon rains and tropical storms in the region, the Philippines is currently experiencing widespread flooding that has left parts of the country without services and thousands without homes/shelter. News reports indicate that the flooding has forced nearly 130,000 people across the country from their homes. One...

Response to Protests on UC Campuses

The recently released report to University of California President Mark G. Yudof titled, “Response to Protests on UC Campuses,” attempts to identify “best practices to inform the University’s response to future demonstrations” after the conflict which emerged during the protests at University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis...

1 Year Anniversary of April 25-28, 2011 Tornado Outbreak

Nearly one year ago today the third largest tornado outbreak in US history (since systematic tornado record keeping began in 1950) was recorded on April 25-28, 2011. The areas most affected by the devastating tornadoes included the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States. In particular, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee,...

19 Years After Waco: The Anniversary of the April 19, 1993 End of the Seige of the Branch Davidian Compound

Today is the 19th anniversary of the end of the stand-off by the Branch Davidians outside of Waco, Texas. A siege of David Koresh’s compound had begun fifty days earlier on February 28, 1993 when four agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) were killed while serving...

Gaps Continue to Exist in Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a report regarding the preparedness measures in place to protect Americans living in nursing homes. “Federal regulations require that Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes have written emergency plans and provide employees with emergency preparedness...

The Future of Disaster Response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the report Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty. FEMA recognizes the emergency management community will face challenges in the future that a far different from what the community is confronted with today. To meet...