A medical worker looks through the debris of a medical lab in Port-au-Prince, Haiti following an earthquake in January 2010.
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The unique skills of Canadian health-care workers with international disaster experience could be a valuable resource during domestic emergencies.
Trucks parked in front of the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa during the protest against COVID-19 restrictions.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
As the “freedom convoy” and occupation of Ottawa drags on, the potential for a violent stand-off between protestors and police increases, which in turn decreases the chances of a peaceful resolution.
People wait in line — some for over two hours — at a PCR COVID-19 test site in Toronto.
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Canadians need to rethink their relationship to the pandemic by learning to live in a state of continual disaster for the foreseeable future.
At least 22 people were listed as missing in the days after flash flooding swept through communities in Tennessee in August 2021.
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
By mimicking the human brain, autonomous drones could locate victims in hard-to-reach places and alert responders to their location within seconds.
In April 2020 all six Tŝilhqot’in communities decided to erect checkpoints to monitor and regulate travel to and from their reserves.
The minutiae of bureaucratic policy and procedure perpetuates colonialism and undermined a fully Tŝilhqot’in-led pandemic response.
Researchers are using mixed reality technologies to investigate how people behave in in emergency situations. The findings are helping shape disaster responses.
Stacked disasters – like a winter storm that damages a water system during a pandemic – can provide lessons for the next time around.
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Shoring up surveillance and response systems and learning lessons from how the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded will help the world be ready the next time around.
The National Guard joined forces with FEMA to launch a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles.
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Developing a national disaster response plan for the pandemic was only step one.
Yesterday, the bushfire royal commission handed down interim observations. But there’s a glaring omission.
Medical assistance teams are a group of experienced health workers sent to handle a medical or humanitarian crisis, including from today, the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria’s aged care.
New research shows almost 20% of families caring for children with special needs were unable to buy essential medication during coronavirus.
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
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.
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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.
The wreckage in Nashville was extreme.
AP Photo/Wade Payne
Donated goods often not only fail to help those in actual need but cause congestion, tie up resources and further hurt local economies.
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.
It’s worth thinking carefully about how to give, to ensure you’re not wasting your contribution or inadvertently making things worse.
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When done properly, a simulation exercise is a useful tool for evaluating preparedness for a public health emergency.
When faced with a wildfire, responders must act quickly and decisively to save lives.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
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.
Aaron Rowe of the Architect of the Capitol’s office, which is not affected by the partial government shutdown, shovels snow left by a winter storm on the U.S. Capitol’s plaza.
The shutdown poses a very real threat to preparedness for future emergencies, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
Firefighters hose down flames from an advancing wildfire July 28, 2018, in Redding, Calif.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
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.
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The Thai cave rescue should be used as opportunity to improve the planning of all future rescue missions in South-East Asia.