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Bushfires were the most common disaster in New South Wales over the past decade. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Natural disasters are affecting some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities

Researchers have found a disaster "hotspot" in northern New South Wales, where nearly half of the state's most disadvantaged communities are found.
Houses are destroyed by tsunami floods following the magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011. Reuters/EPA

Explainer: how to prepare for a tsunami

We can't predict or prevent tsunamis you can improve your chances of staying safe by understanding the risk, being prepared and acting quickly when disaster strikes.
Huge swathes of Tasmania have burned this year. Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service

After Tasmania’s year of disasters, bushfire tops the state’s growing list of natural hazards

A comprehensive analysis of Tasmania's natural disaster risks has identified bushfire as the biggest threat, alongside emerging issues such as disease epidemics and heatwaves.
Aerial view of the Pentagon, September 14, 2001. Wikipedia

Command under attack: What we’ve learned since 9/11 about managing crises

The National Incident Management System (NIMS), created after 9/11, has helped government agencies respond to large-scale emergencies, including mass shootings and the Boston Marathon bombing.
U.S. Coast Guard personnel rescue stranded residents in Baton Rouge on August 14, 2016. U.S. Department of Agriculture/Wikipedia

Suburban sprawl and poor preparation worsened flood damage in Louisiana

Recent floods in southeast Louisiana were the most severe U.S. natural disaster since 2012's Hurricane Sandy. Suburban sprawl and slow execution of flood control projects worsened the damage.
Residents are rescued in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, August 15, 2016. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Kids and disasters: How to help them recover

It's not uncommon for kids to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress after a disaster. With thousands of children affected by Hurricane Harvey, how can parents help kids bounce back?
FEMA photograph by John Fleck taken in Mississippi. Wikimedia Commons

Build disaster-proof homes before storms strike, not afterward

In response to disasters like Superstorm Sandy, engineers are developing new building codes and tools to calculate the value of upgrades. National policy should encourage builders to use these tools.

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