The St Petersburg attack shows how engineering and psychology can help optimise how people are evacuated in a disaster.
Natural disasters remain disproportionately a hazard for the world's poor.
Six years after a catastrophic earthquake, Haiti has to recover from yet another disaster. Getting it right will be a herculean task.
What we and other responders learned that day would go on to spark major changes in U.S. emergency response efforts.
The solution to emergency communications: redundancy, redundancy, redundancy.
When Mount Sinabung erupted in Indonesia, researchers were already in the area to investigate how locals coped with the ongoing risk.
Twitter users caught up in any emergency situation are usually quick to share their experience with followers. That information can be useful to authorities.
The recent Canadian wildfires revealed the need for cutting-edge disaster management strategies.
You might think having trees around your home is the worst idea during a bushfire, but some plants can actually help repel fire.
By removing elected officials and installing a powerful command-and-control agency, the government's approach to recovery has left many of the city's people feeling disenfranchised and excluded.
The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
As the fire season returns, insurance claims against disasters will only increase. But new research suggests that under-insurance is a major problem facing many Australian households.
Assurances that loved ones are safe is something social media does well, but other technologies are also pioneering.
Six people are dead and more than 20 missing following the Samarco mine disaster in Brazil. But in the rush to blame we must consider the complexity of such failures.
Victor Ponta survived accusations of fraud and tax evasion, but the deaths of dozens of clubbers proved the final straw for his people.
Since the last earthquake in the region in 2005, we have got much better at recovering from disaster.
Are you at risk from natural disasters? Research shows media reports could actually reduce people's perceptions of risk.
Assam state suffers from severe flooding every few years but authorities still aren't prepared.
Papua New Guinea is now facing a drought and frosts that look set to be worse than 1997, when hundreds of people died. So how can memories of 1997 save lives over the next few months?
Any nuclear weapon exchange or major nuclear plant meltdown will immediately lead to a global public health emergency. What can we learn from past events to help prepare?