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.
When deadly tornadoes struck the Southeast in April, residents in Prentiss, Mississippi, struggled to keep up coronavirus precautions while salvaging what they could from their damaged properties.
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If the forecasts are right, the US could be facing more natural disasters this year – on top of the coronavirus pandemic. Local governments aren't prepared.
Ruins of the Tower of St Roch, or Tower of the Patriarch, following the 1755 Lisbon earthquake by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas.
The big questions don't get much bigger. After the Lisbon earthquake killed thousands, philosopher Voltaire took aim at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and skewered his view that God is good.
Located on the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is prone to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.
What is political will or political commitment to disaster risk reduction? Why is it important to measure political commitment? And how to measure it?
New research shows that exposure to air pollution, including wildfire smoke, can make coronavirus particularly deadly.
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Wildfire smoke makes it harder for firefighters' bodies to fight off viral invaders. But firefighting conditions make the usual protective measures nearly impossible.
A catastrophe bond that provides too little money too late — or none at all — is just financialization run amok.
Insurance companies are paying out hefty claims due to COVID-19. Here's how catastrophe bonds come into play.
Fire cut a devastating swath through Australia in 2019-20, leaving a heavy toll of death and destruction in its wake.
Philanthropy in the form of financial donations is not a solution to the natural disasters caused by climate change. A new philanthropy of social change is needed.
Salvaging items from a destroyed home near Lebanon, Tenn., March 3, 2020, after tornadoes ripped across the state.
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In the Southeast US, tornadoes strike at night more often than in other regions. This poses special challenges for getting early warnings to the public.
A woman wearing a sanitary mask to guard against coronavirus checks her phone in Milan, Italy.
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By providing users with pertinent and reliable disaster-related information, Twitter has the potential to reduce the impact of a disaster. So why aren't public organizations using it properly?
A soldier stands guard at the damaged entrance to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018, after Hurricane Michael.
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US military leaders have to plan for operations all over the world, so they can't afford to ignore climate change or debate its causes.
Most of us are familiar with the concept of psychological trauma. But what is collective trauma, and how can we tackle it in the wake of the bushfire crisis?
Kevin Vickers, former House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, receives the Star of Courage at Rideau Hall from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in February 2016 to pay tribute to security services members who responded to the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill. Vickers was lauded as a hero.
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We do a disservice to survivors of major tragedies when we call them "heroes." Instead, we should change our policies and attitudes to help them truly survive the disaster.
How could a nation like Australia came close to a humanitarian crisis during the recent bushfires? A problem-solving theory called "systems thinking" can help us find out.
Sport Australia wrote to McKenzie’s office before the election expressing concern it was being compromised by political interference.
Morrison's hope for clear air for his messages is being stymied by the crisis around deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie, as more damaging information emerges against her in the sports rorts affair.
Atmospheric rivers deliver rain to California in 2017.
Earth's biggest rivers are streams of warm water vapor in the atmosphere that can cause huge rain and snowfall over land. Climate change is making them longer, wetter and stronger.
Canberra’s hazardous air quality forced its universities to close campuses.
Universities can help students affected by the bushfires by learning from what others have done in past crises.
Regrowth is beginning, but the intangible costs will linger for decades if not generations.
Estimates of the cost of Victoria's 2009 Black Saturday fires provide a staring point for calculating the much bigger cost of these ones.
It is possible to calculate the impact impact of fires, but not using GDP.
GDP is well suited to many things, but not to measuring the impact of disasters.
The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church lies in ruins after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Jan. 7, 2020.
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Puerto Rico's January earthquakes came after many foreshocks and have been followed by numerous aftershocks. Scientists are studying these sequences to improve earthquake forecasting.
Displaced by a landslide, Ugandan survivors could not speak the language of the region where they were relocated - but music allowed them a voice.