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Members of the Maryland Air National Guard arrange medical supplies for shipment from the Strategic National Stockpile. Master Sgt. Christopher Schepers/Maryland Air National Guard

Coronavirus: Strategic National Stockpile was ready, but not for this

The paradox of the stockpile is that it's meant to protect against future threats, but is limited by today's imagination about what those threats might be.
Members of the New York Army National Guard are setting up a 1,000-bed hospital at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images

National Guard joins the coronavirus response – 3 questions answered

The National Guard may be the least understood branch of the US military. A National Guard attorney and military law professor explains how it works.
A volunteer sorts through donated clothing as part of a bushfire appeal. Generally, it’s best to give money - unless the organisation to which you are donating has requested specific goods. AAP/DEAN LEWINS

How to donate to Australian bushfire relief: give money, watch for scams and think long term

It's worth thinking carefully about how to give, to ensure you're not wasting your contribution or inadvertently making things worse.
When faced with a wildfire, responders must act quickly and decisively to save lives. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Making life-or-death decisions is very hard – here’s how we’ve taught people to do it better

Emergency responders and military personnel need to think creatively – even imaginatively – to save lives under pressure. Analyzing the Grenfell Tower Fire in London reveals useful lessons.
Firefighters hose down flames from an advancing wildfire July 28, 2018, in Redding, Calif. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

A high-adrenaline job: 5 questions answered about fighting wildfires

Wildland firefighting has always been a risky job, but development in fire-prone areas is making it more dangerous by putting forest firefighters in situations they are not equipped or trained for.
A man places a placard before a vigil remembering the victims of a deadly van attack at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto on April 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

How Toronto is recovering from the van attack

Toronto is grappling with a new normal a week after a heinous van attack killed 10 people and left many injured. Here's how cities recover from disasters, both emotionally and physically.
Plush toys, recovered from a flooded home, hang out to dry on a wrought iron gate in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Ramon Espinosa/AP

The mental health toll of Puerto Rico’s prolonged power outages

Long after the hurricane's over and the power comes back, residents can still experience lasting mental health issues.
Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp rescues two dogs after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey reached the grounds of a shelter in Vidor, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017. Christopher LIndahl/U.S. Navy

In cities and on ranches, planning is key to protect animals during disasters

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some people died rather than evacuating without their pets. Now emergency managers are required to include animals in their response plans.
FirstNet could relieve emergency workers of having to carry multiple radios and other communications devices. AP Photo/Ric Francis

FirstNet for emergency communications: 6 questions answered

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?

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