The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.
Natural disasters expose people to toxic gases, bacterial illness and other serious dangers. How can people maximize their safety as they return home?
Even when power is restored and floodwaters have receded after hurricanes, mold can still be a big problem. There are some things you can do on your own, but the damage can be extensive.
After a hurricane strikes or an earthquake makes shockwaves, support nonprofits that are clear about what they do and how they will spend your money.
An expert in post-disaster reconstruction explains what works, and what doesn't, when it comes to rebuilding a city.
There is increasing evidence from across many African and South Asian countries that contextual, timely climate information, helps farmers manage the risks they face.
The bills now pending in Congress won't do what it will take.
The insurance industry should help its customers prepare for future catastrophes instead of burying it's head in the sand.
To deliver climate justice we must focus on vulnerable people not countries.
For the first time in years, Americans are acutely aware of the perils of extreme weather, but don't expect views on climate risks to shift overnight.
Vast amounts of standing water in Houston and other hurricane-flooded areas are dangerous not only because of toxins. The water is a dangerous breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit Zika.
As Texas and Florida rebuild after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, they should plan for future climate change and design infrastructure that can respond to and recover from extreme events.
Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Irma is admirable. Doing some homework might make your contributions go farther.
What scientists know – and don't know – about the linkage between climate change and hurricanes.
Would putting power lines underground avoid hurricanes knocking out electricity service for millions of people? The answer is not as straightforward as it seems.
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.
Donations to relief efforts from corporations and celebrities may get the most attention, but they are exceptions.
After the storm is over, it's time to rebuild – and natural disasters can affect survivors' health for years to come.
Warmer oceans, higher sea levels and heavier rainfall are making the effects of hurricanes worse.