Older people are most at risk during and after natural disasters like Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the coast of Florida last week.
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Evacuating nursing home residents during a disaster can be even more dangerous than staying put.
Hurricane Irma descends on the Caribbean islands.
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Saturated media coverage of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma can make it seem like disasters happen all the time. Is the frequency of billion-dollar disasters really rising?
Isiah Courtney carries his dog Bruce through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., on August 28, 2017.
In the wake of natural disasters, pets are be stranded, lost or abandoned. There are simple guidelines that can help keep your whole family safe.
The financial impact of Hurricane Katrina on individual lives has been little studied until now.
Researchers examined credit data on the victims of Hurricane Katrina to understand how the disaster affected their personal finances, revealing important lessons for those hurt by Harvey.
Interstate 69 in Humble, Texas is covered by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
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Many people may have stayed put during Hurricane Harvey because no storm that big had struck Texas since 1961. But like New Orleans after Katrina, Texas is likely to be much better prepared next time.
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.
Destruction in Jeremie, Haiti, October 6.
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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.
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.
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When Mount Sinabung erupted in Indonesia, researchers were already in the area to investigate how locals coped with the ongoing risk.
Where am I?
Twitter users caught up in any emergency situation are usually quick to share their experience with followers. That information can be useful to authorities.
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The recent Canadian wildfires revealed the need for cutting-edge disaster management strategies.
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.
The earthquake shattered buildings and communities, with many residents left feeling even more powerless by the government’s approach to recovery.
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.
116 houses were lost at Wye River in Victoria, but nobody was killed.
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The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
Around 20% of Australians are not insured against disasters, and even a quarter of those who do may be under-covered.
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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.
A view from above the burst Samarco dam in Brazil.
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.