Homes surrounded by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Freeport, Texas, Sept. 1, 2017.
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
Many people board up their houses and stay in place during disasters – but often they aren't prepared to go without water, power or transportation for days or weeks afterward.
Businesses in Humble, Texas, part of metropolitan Houston, surrounded by floodwater from Hurricane Harvey, August 29, 2017.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File
Hurricane Harvey swamped much of Houston in 2017, causing more damage than all other US hurricanes except Katrina. But now the city is authorizing construction in zones at high risk for flooding.
Many major U.S. cities have hidden cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.
Hundreds of US cities have red light cameras to try to catch traffic violations and prevent accidents. But research shows that the cameras may encourage other types of accidents.
Hurricane Harvey flooded one-third of Houston and displaced more then 30,000 people in the region.
After disasters, communities often push to rebuild as quickly as possible. A public health expert says they should aim higher and fix problems that exist pre-storm.
Being one of a series of disasters made relief in Puerto Rico harder to come by after Hurricane Maria.
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Charitable giving and government aid can shortchange disasters that follow other disasters.
Immokalee, Florida sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Irma.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
The bills now pending in Congress won't do what it will take.
FEMA’s handling of Hurricane Katrina inspired resentment in the affected communities – but did it bring about real change in the organization?
Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?
Hurricane Irma caused major damage to Naples and other Florida cities.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Irma is admirable. Doing some homework might make your contributions go farther.
Residents pick through a makeshift aid station in Rockport, Texas after Harvey struck their city.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Harvey is admirable. With a little homework, your contributions will go further.
Two people walk down a flooded section of Interstate 610 in Houston in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
As Hurricane Harvey shows, flooding can happen wherever large storms stall and dumps lots of rain. A new study finds that development is increasing in flood zones inland, where people may not think they are at risk.
Houston’s Interstate Highway 45 was totally submerged in the deluge.
The unpredictability of hurricanes makes it hard to say for sure whether climate change is making them worse. But we do know that sea-level rise and increased evaporation will worsen the impacts.
The Acros Fukuoka eco-building in Fukuoka, Japan boasts one of the world’s most famous green roofs. The GRIT Lab at the University of Toronto is working to bring green roofs to the city and beyond in order to combat climate change.
Green roofs could play a critical role in helping cities cope with extreme rainfall events in the age of climate change. The roofs essentially suck up stormwater like sponges if designed properly.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, left, and Mayor Eric Garcetti pose next to an all-electric car in this 2015 photo.
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More than 200 mayors have committed their cities to stick with the Paris climate deal no matter what the US does. Electric vehicles offer a promising route to making good on that pledge.