Australian emergency services are using social media for a number of purposes during disasters. What they are not doing well is analysing social media data in real time to improve disaster management.
The South African National Defence Force has suffered from terrible neglect over the past 25 years of democracy.
The COVID-19 pandemic may trigger large-scale disruptions such as school closures, event cancellations and movement restrictions.
Australia can learn from how India used community hubs to bridge the gap between government and local communities in the challenging years of reconstruction.
One lesson from Australia's past bushfire disasters is that too many homes are underinsured. But it's a lesson we've failed to learn.
The convergence of technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and virtual reality may offer hope for the way we manage future bushfire disasters.
Researchers like myself are finding transformative new ways to help planners, leaders and first responders tackle disasters from afar.
Most of the time, these operations were not urgent – unlike the one following this disaster that summoned some 600,000 people to the site of the worst nuclear accident of all time.
After a hurricane strikes or an earthquake makes shockwaves, try to support nonprofits that are clear about what they do and how they will spend your money.
Governments must think about older people's relationships with pets when they're planning both aging-in-place strategies and disaster management.
Engineers know how and where to build to minimize earthquake damage. But laws don't always reflect that wisdom. A new study suggests it's because of a mismatch between risk perceptions and reality.
Getting everyone whose lives were thrown off-track back takes a lot of personal effort, paired with work done by a constantly shifting mix of nonprofits and governmental agencies over many years.
An engineering professor explains why rural areas are especially vulnerable to hurricanes, and what they can do to ensure that no one is left without help.
The idea of swarm robots has been around for some time but researchers are now looking more closely at nature for robot design inspiration.
The Trump administration has proposed a major revamp of the National Flood Insurance Program since its inception in 1968. Here's why it needs fixing.
High poverty levels mean people lack access to land and work and they are often driven to settle in zones that are exposed to natural hazards.
Drones already help with search and rescue, but teaching machines to identify victims on their own could free up human rescuers to do other crucial work.
As global warming intensifies violent weather events, the most vulnerable countries affected need help to respond more effectively.
The urge to provide disaster aid is borne out of the best characteristics of humanity. But it's important to consider when to donate to disaster survivors, along with what and to whom to give.
The billions of dollars worth of aid dispatched every year to alleviate the suffering and damage after earthquakes and hurricanes would do more good if it didn't get clumped up.