Australian forces will need to be prepared for natural disaster relief missions.
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Australia faces many security issues driven by climate change, including more international migration and an increase in defence personnel being sent on disaster relief missions, a Senate inquiry has found.
Cyclone Ava caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage in Madagascar.
Madagascar gets hit by an average of four cyclones each year but their full impact is still being tracked.
Some 17,000 U.S. troops aided in the Caribbean relief effort after hurricanes Irma and Maria. That’s roughly equivalent to the U.S. military’s humanitarian mission in the Philippines after Typhoon Hiyan in 2013.
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Compared to its foreign disaster missions, the US military mobilized slowly after Maria. But in numbers, capacity and logistics coordination, its work in Puerto Rico was on par with other aid efforts.
Children in disaster zones are often highly vulnerable.
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Shocking allegations of abuse by Oxfam aid workers in Haiti are testament to how badly the aid sector needs deep, systemic reform.
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.
The author, distributing medications at a shelter in Villalba, Puerto Rico.
It's hard but feasible to make a difference, as long as you work with the locals and don't become a 'disaster tourist.'
Soldiers deliver food and water following Hurricane Maria.
Two hurricanes in Puerto Rico's past fundamentally transformed the island's economy and politics. Maria will be the third, says a historian.
He didn’t throw paper towels in Texas. Why Puerto Rico?
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Evidence shows that US taxpayers are less willing to support extensive disaster relief when the victims are not white. Could that explain the Trump administration's lackluster support for Puerto Rico?
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
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The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.
Actress Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children trustee and ambassador, helped distribute supplies after Hurricane Harvey.
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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.
Few Puerto Ricans expect the Trump administration to help the island as it did hurricane-hit Texas and Florida, yet the island’s recent bankruptcy has left it facing a humanitarian disaster.
Hurricane Maria has left 3.4 million Puerto Ricans facing shortages of food, health care and transit, an American humanitarian crisis fueled by the US territory's May 2017 bankruptcy.
Immokalee, Florida sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Irma.
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The bills now pending in Congress won't do what it will take.
Hurricane Irma caused major damage to Naples and other Florida cities.
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The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Irma is admirable. Doing some homework might make your contributions go farther.
Millions of Americans donate to relief efforts after natural disasters.
Donations to relief efforts from corporations and celebrities may get the most attention, but they are exceptions.
Unless you live near a disaster area, sending money may do more good than a mountain of toilet paper.
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If you want to do the greatest good, send money.
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.
Red Cross volunteers registered evacuees from Houston’s storm damage.
There are reasons to channel Harvey aid through the nonprofit despite evidence that it wasted money following Haiti's earthquake and fumbled Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.
Residents pick through a makeshift aid station in Rockport, Texas after Harvey struck their city.
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The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Harvey is admirable. With a little homework, your contributions will go further.
FirstNet could relieve emergency workers of having to carry multiple radios and other communications devices.
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A multibillion-dollar effort is just beginning to build an all-new nationwide wireless broadband network for emergency responders. How will it work, why do we need it and how will it last 25 years?
Sometimes 'stuff' isn't just stuff.