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Emergency response
Disasters are getting worse it seems so federal and state support must now be given to programs that enable local governments to work effectively with communities to prepare for and respond to natural and technological disasters. That is the conclusion of a new analysis released today in the Inderscience publication the International Journal of Emergency Management. (2007-11-12)

Special issue on the forecast and evaluation of meteorological disasters
Advances in Atmospheric Sciences releases its latest issue (February 2017) on the Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters. (2017-01-21)

Injuries and loss of life boost religious faith after disasters
Weather-related disasters can make people more religious but it depends on the toll they inflict, suggests new UBC research. If a disaster injures a significant number of people, it can strengthen religiosity among those who are already religious. But if a disaster inflicts mostly economic damage, the opposite effect applies. (2018-06-05)

Melbourne to hose earthquakes, tsunamis, floods
Earth on the Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet is the theme of the 25th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), which will be held from June 28 to July 7. (2011-06-24)

Study finds link between political corruption and FEMA money
Where natural disasters strike, political corruption is soon to follow, say the authors of a new study in the Journal of Law and Economics. But it's not the wind and rain that turns good folks bad; it's the money that floods in afterwards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2008-12-11)

Princeton students reveal U.S.'s natural hazard risk
For the first time, natural hazard data from across the entire United States has been combined into a comprehensive hazard map revealing the areas most at risk for natural hazards. (2002-06-07)

Dull disasters?
In 'Dull Disasters?: How Planning Ahead Will Make a Difference,' authors Daniel J. Clarke and Stefan Dercon show that by harnessing lessons from finance, political science, economics, psychology, and the natural sciences, countries can be far better prepared to deal with disasters. (2016-07-26)

ICSU hosts conference on hazards and disasters
Building on an initiative launched last year, the International Council for Science (ICSU) today held its first conference on environmental hazards and disasters. The conference addressed how science could be used to prevent natural and human-induced hazards from becoming catastrophic events. UNESCO, through its Regional Office for Science in Jakarta, and the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia co-sponsored the conference. (2006-09-19)

The Illustrated History of Natural Disasters
At the forefront of (2010-05-05)

Steinberg releases book on 'unnatural' disasters
In his book, (2001-05-13)

Social networks used in the assessment of damage caused by natural disasters
An international scientific study, involving Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), has carried research into the use of social networks such as Twitter, as tools for monitoring, assessing and even predicting levels of economic damage caused by natural disasters. (2016-03-11)

Algorithm identifies vulnerable people during natural disasters
A new algorithm developed at the University of Waterloo will help first responders and home care providers better help the elderly during natural disasters. (2018-02-02)

Haiti earthquake a reminder that disasters are preventable, CU-Boulder expert says
Amid all the commentary focused on the historic tragedy in Haiti, a tough but important fact -- disasters are preventable -- has gone virtually unmentioned, according to a nationally recognized expert on disasters at the University of Colorado at Boulder. (2010-02-01)

Natural Hazards Response Requires New Approach, Study Says
The cost of natural hazards in the United States has averaged as much as $1 billion per week since 1989 and is expected to keep rising. (1999-05-19)

Mental health strained by disaster
A new study found that suicide rates increase during all types of disasters -- including severe storms, floods, hurricanes and ice storms -- with the largest overall increase occurring two years after a disaster. A team of researchers examined the impact of 281 natural disasters on suicide rates during a 12-year span and found overall suicide rates increased by 23% when compared to rates before and after the disaster. (2020-11-11)

ASU researcher says we should better prepare for future calamities
The massive tsunami that hit Indian Ocean nations has left many wondering what could have caused such a disaster and if there is anything humans can do to control or mitigate future events. Some quickly suggested that an increase in the frequency of natural disasters like the tsunami were a harbinger of what we have in store due to the increase of Earth's greenhouse gases resulting from the burning of fossil fuels. (2005-01-18)

The effect of natural disasters on criminal--and charitable--activity in the USA
While media has popularized a notion of widespread looting and chaos in the wake of major disasters, the researchers found that communities impacted by disasters actually experience a decrease in crime. Their article also found a marked increase in philanthropic activity amongst people that live nearby disaster areas but weren't directly affected by the disaster. (2021-02-16)

UCLA gets $4.8 million to create Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center
The UCLA School of Public Health has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totaling $4.8 million over four years to create a Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. The PERRC will facilitate research to strengthen and improve the ability of federal, state and local public health agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-induced disasters -- including terrorism. (2009-10-13)

Weighing the costs of disaster
Disasters -- both natural and manmade -- can strike anywhere and they often hit without warning, so they can be difficult to prepare for. But what happens afterward? How do people cope following disasters? In a new report in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers review the psychological effects of disasters and why some individuals have a harder time recovering than do others. (2011-01-27)

The high cost of natural disasters
Natural disasters in the United States, including floods, hurricanes, coastal erosion, wildfires, and earthquakes, on the average cause roughly $20 billion annually, according to Rutherford H. Platt, of the University of Massachusetts. Platt explores the political issues surrounding natural disasters in (1999-06-28)

International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' welcomes Japanese space agency as latest member
The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' yesterday welcomed the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as its newest member, establishing a network of international space partners in disaster management that now encircles the globe. (2005-02-17)

Disaster Global Health: Respond, Recover, Prepare
The mission of the SDMPH is to advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices. (2016-06-15)

The human dimension of disasters
The American Sociological Association (ASA)--in collaboration with George Washington University's Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management (ICDRM), and the Natural Hazards [Senate] Caucus Work Group--is sponsoring a briefing to elucidate the scientific knowledge base that could positively impact legislative- and policy-related efforts to prepare the nation to deal effectively with disasters. (2003-10-20)

Post-Sept. 11 study results published by U. of Colorado Center
Within three days of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, university researchers joined emergency personnel at Ground Zero and other locations to begin studying the events' aftermath and recovery efforts. The results of their studies were published this week by the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center based at the University of Colorado at Boulder. (2003-09-25)

Educators help create new geography education standards dealing with natural disasters in Bangladesh
A Kansas State University professor traveled with a dozen American K-12 teachers and two professors from the state of Iowa, in July on a 28-day trip to Bangladesh. Their aim was to develop US geography standards and curricular materials on how the nation copes with natural disasters. (2007-10-11)

Dealing With Natural Disasters: A New Model
Public Private Partnership 2000 (PPP 2000), a unique alliance of Federal, private-sector, and non-profit agencies, is redefining society's approach to handling earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides, wildfires and other natural disasters. (1997-11-07)

Disaster relief donations track number of people killed, not number of survivors
People pay more attention to the number of people killed in a natural disaster than to the number of survivors when deciding how much money to donate to disaster relief efforts, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The donation bias can be reversed, however, with a simple change in terminology. (2013-09-23)

Schools are underprepared for pandemics and natural disasters: Study
Missouri schools are no more prepared to respond to pandemics, natural disasters, and bioterrorism attacks than they were in 2011, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2015-10-05)

N.C. State leads effort to create 'next generation' of experts on hazards and natural disasters
Highlighting North Carolina State University's leadership in hazard and disaster studies, N.C. State's Dr. Thomas Birkland was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to recruit and mentor young researchers to study disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (2008-05-02)

Natural hazard events and national risk reduction measures unconnected
Countries where massive natural hazard events occur frequently are not more likely than others to make changes to reduce risks from future disasters. This is shown in an interdisciplinary Uppsala University study now published in Nature Communications. (2021-01-21)

Amid fire and flood, Americans are looking for action
A new survey reveals how Americans feel about adaptation and prevention policies to combat wildfires and floods in the face of climate change. (2020-09-08)

Emergency surgery coalition needed for future disasters
In this week's PLoS Medicine, Kathryn Chu, from Médecins Sans Frontières in Cape Town, South Africa, and colleagues describe the experiences of MSF after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and discuss how to improve delivery of surgery in humanitarian disasters. (2011-04-26)

Defying the disaster: Researcher explores resilient housing
Researchers at North Carolina State University are determining ways to speed the return of residents to their homes in the wake of natural disasters. The first step is providing better, more accessible information about available tools and technologies to homeowners, builders, architects and others says Dr. Dave Tilotta, associate professor of wood products at NC State. (2009-02-19)

Disaster funding needs radical reform
We need to rethink the way we respond to large scale disasters such as the recent tsunami, say international health and relief experts in this week's BMJ. (2005-01-27)

Organizations with broad social ties help recovering from natural disasters
In order to encourage a wide economic recovery following a natural disaster, communities should think about activating advocacy organizations such as local environmental groups, political organizations and human-rights groups. New businesses alone, do not offset rise in post-disaster poverty levels. (2018-11-16)

Disaster recovery requires rebuilding livelihoods
The short-term losses people suffer when natural disasters strike can turn into long-term poverty if reconstruction policies don't consider how people are going to make a living. (2018-06-06)

Disaster risk management: Science helps save lives
Natural and man-made disasters threaten millions of people every year and cause billions of property damage. How much do we know about them? And how can we use that knowledge to save lives and money? A recent report, compiled by the European Commission's Science and Knowledge Service (JRC), seeks to answer these and other questions and to help prepare for the time when disaster strikes. (2017-05-24)

Humans, habitat, hurricanes and horrors
The AAAS topic is (2007-02-18)

Launch of PLoS Currents: Disasters
PLoS announces the launch of PLoS Currents: Disasters found at, a new, innovative open-access publication for the rapid communication of new research results and operational analyses derived from the study or management of all types of disasters. (2012-03-28)

ICSU pursues new initiative that challenges science to do more to prevent natural disasters
Responding to a world where natural disasters are increasingly disrupting nations rich and poor--the Asian tsunami, hurricanes on the U.S. Gulf Coast, flooding in Bangladesh, the earthquake in Kashmir--the International Council for Science (ICSU) today approved a new initiative focused on using science to prevent natural hazards from becoming catastrophic events. (2005-10-19)

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