Fallen trees and power lines are two of the main hazards that could have been reduced with better planning for cyclones.
After Cyclone Tracy, you'd expect Darwin of all cities to be ready for the next one. But as the clean-up after Cyclone Marcus continues, it's clear more must be done to increase the city's resilience.
If more people live in the Adelaide Hills, they are more likely to be exposed to bushfires.
What decisions can we make today to reduce the future risk of hazards like floods and fire? Particularly in a time of climate change, modelling various plausible futures helps us plan for uncertainty.
Mass evacuations in response to natural disasters like Hurricane Maria are a logistical challenge, but also face psychological barriers to residents being willing and able to leave.
Promoting individual resilience will contribute to reductions in disaster threats for at-risk communities globally.
Earthquake drills, advance warning systems and higher building standards all help to save lives.
Damage from Irma can be seen in this photo of Kelly McClenthen in Bonita Springs, Florida, as she returned to her home Sept. 11, 2017.
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Even in areas predicted to take direct hits from hurricanes and other storms, hospitals must do all they can to stay open. It isn't an easy task, but preparation and practice help.
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The widespread discussion as to whether the Hurricane Harvey disaster was caused by climate change or not is a dangerous distraction from the real issues.
In an emergency, responders’ telecommunications could get delayed by overloaded networks.
City of Hampton, Virginia
A new data management system can give emergency responders a fast lane on the internet to help speed rescue efforts after a disaster.
The St Petersburg attack shows how engineering and psychology can help optimise how people are evacuated in a disaster.
Poorly resourced small towns like Marysville often struggle to recover from disasters like the Black Saturday bushfires.
Rebuilding small communities on the same site in the same way seldom works. It’s not about getting back to where you were, but rather grasping the opportunity to create a more resilient place.
The relatively low death toll when Cycle Aila hit Bangladesh in 2009 was widely attributed to improvements in disaster preparedness.
With burgeoning need and an aid system that is failing to cope, what meaning does 'resilience' have?
In part two of our podcast on rebooting, we explore what would happen if humanity was wiped out, take a look at a political comeback in France, and get a taste of a revamped US institution.
The view from Brooklyn on September 11, 2001.
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What we and other responders learned that day would go on to spark major changes in U.S. emergency response efforts.
The scene in Nice the morning after the July 14 terror attack – during which an emergency-warning app failed to give timely notice.
The solution to emergency communications: redundancy, redundancy, redundancy.
Throw another one on. Researchers tested plant flammability using a blow torch and barbecue.
You might think having trees around your home is the worst idea during a bushfire, but some plants can actually help repel fire.
Mathematical models can help allocate medical resources.
Mathematicians are a secret weapon when it comes to preparing for outbreaks of diseases like Ebola.
The road to recovery is a long one for Nepal, which goes beyond the immediate priority of disaster relief.
Politics in Nepal will hinder relief and recovery efforts following the earthquake and its aftershocks. But look at it the other way around. Could the disaster help to resolve political problems?
Bushfires such as this one in Western Australia can be hard to predict.
Bushfires can be deadly and destroy homes and properties. But knowing where they are likely to spread next can help emergency services.
A man walks past collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Global coverage of the Nepal earthquake focused issues of preparedness and political instability but missed the systemic, historical inequities that made the disaster so devastating.
During natural disasters, specific needs of people with disability are often unmet, leaving them vulnerable and unprotected.
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During natural disasters, the daily inequalities that people with disability face are amplified.
Bushfire in the Adelaide hills has already burned through more than 12,000 hectares.
The fires that have swept through South Australia over the past few days have destroyed at least 12,000 hectares and up to 38 homes, in what have been described as the worst South Australian conditions…