A bridge and road submerged by floodwaters from the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Jackson, Kentucky, July 28, 2022.
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As recent deluges in St. Louis and Kentucky show, flash flooding can happen in urban and rural areas, with deadly results in either setting.
Simply providing passive information is not enough. Governments must find better ways to deliver important messages about natural hazards.
Parts of southeast Australia are inundated yet again. Clearly, short-term weather forecasts are not enough to protect communities in times like these.
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We can’t prevent natural disasters from happening, but we can be better prepared for when they do.
An app can give you a few seconds of warning before an earthquake strikes.
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When researchers look at CCTV footage of how people really react during earthquakes – as opposed to what they report after the fact – it looks like alerts aren’t yet inspiring protective action.
Boris Johnson and Joe Biden greet each other at the COP26 UN climate conference.
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Politicians have more incentive to react to current climate disasters, but more investment is needed in preparing for future problems.
Floods across Germany in July 2021 signalled the need for improved disaster preparedness.
Failures to respond adequately to the floods that hit Germany and Luxembourg in July 2021 must teach us how to prepare for future climate disasters.
In reprioritizing public health, the U.S. limited its ability to respond quickly and effectively to the pandemic.
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While neoliberalism has allowed U.S. markets to grow, the resultant stunted public health system left Americans to figure out how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and its fallout on their own.
A house on Curly Dick Road, Meadow Flat in central west NSW, destroyed by the tornado.
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Australia has expansive areas of flat land — usually agricultural land — and it’s over these large, flat areas that tornadoes like to form.
Cities in Eastern Canada, like Montréal, are at risk of damage from earthquakes.
Some of the worst risks of earthquakes are in a zone running from the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence River that includes major cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Québec City.
New research also identified steps people wished they’d taken to prepare for disaster, such as protecting sentimental items, planning a meeting place and better managing stress.
Mitigating climate change is more politically popular than adapting to its inevitable effects.
Mark Poindexter puts a tarp on the damaged roof of his home in Gulf Breeze, Louisiana, on Aug. 29, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.
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Federal weather scientists are pushing to make the US more ‘weather-ready,’ which could mean prepping for fires, flooding or storms depending on where you live. The common factor: thinking ahead.
New Zealand’s Alpine Fault has ruptured in a major earthquake on average every 250 years. New research shows a 75% chance of the next one within 50 years, and it’s likely to be magnitude 8 or more.
Our report draws on data from more than 1,000 participants who told us of their experiences through community meetings, repeated surveys years after the fires or in-depth interviews.
Unless you’ve lived through it, it’s hard to understand how stressful a catastrophic flood can be - both in the moment and long after the event. That’s especially true for vulnerable populations.
Debris near Lebanon, Tennessee, after tornadoes struck on the night of March 3, 2020, killing more than 20 people across the state.
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With the onset of spring come thunderstorms, and sometimes tornadoes. Learn how these systems form and why night tornadoes are especially deadly.
Electric service trucks line up after a snow storm in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 16, 2021.
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There will be more weather-driven disasters like February’s deep freeze in Texas, and energy planners aren’t prepared.
Infrastructure is often seen as the main way to reduce the impacts of climate-related disasters like floods and drought. But cities are complex systems with many factors affecting their resilience.
Peter Tully, QDN Peer Leader in conversation with Kristie McKenna, Emergency Manager, Ipswich Council discussing disability inclusive disaster risk reduction.
Disability-inclusive disaster planning means people get support matched to their needs, frees up emergency services and makes emergency managers’ jobs easier. It boosts disaster resilience for everyone.