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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. (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)
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. (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. (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. (2006-09-19)
The Illustrated History of Natural Disasters
At the forefront of (2010-05-05)
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)
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)
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. (2005-01-18)
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. (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. (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. (1999-06-28)
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)
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)
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. (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. (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. (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. (2008-05-02)
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. (2009-02-19)
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)
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)
Humans, habitat, hurricanes and horrors
The AAAS topic is (2007-02-18)
Disaster risk management: Science helps save lives
Natural and man-made disasters threaten millions of people every year and cause billions of property damage. (2017-05-24)
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. (2005-10-19)
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)
Sam Houston State studies DNA preservation in mass disasters
To help identify victims after mass disasters, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, terrorist attacks, wars or acts of genocide, researchers at Sam Houston State University will investigate new techniques to preserve tissue samples and speed up the DNA identification process. (2013-09-18)
Risk is much more than a game
Wildfires and flooding affect many more people in the USA than earthquakes and landslide and yet the dread, the perceived risk, of the latter two is much greater than for those hazards that are more frequent and cause greater loss of life. (2014-05-23)
Lecture at UC Riverside explores how unnatural disasters can be prevented cost-effectively
While earthquakes, droughts, floods, and storms are natural hazards, (2011-04-21)
March 1 workshop on lessons from earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, live video webcast
The Disasters Roundtable of the National Academies is holding a workshop on March 1 to examine how the similarities and differences between the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile last year offer opportunities for reducing risks from future natural disasters. (2011-02-25)
Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries
Climate disasters like heat-waves or droughts enhance the risk of armed conflicts in countries with high ethnic diversity, scientists found. (2016-07-25)
More than one-third of disaster victims may suffer from stress disorder
In the year after a hurricane, tornado, terrorist attack or other natural or man-made disaster, 30 to 40 percent of adults who were directly affected may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a University of Michigan researcher. (2006-06-08)
Emergency online communities
Online social networks could help with communications and recovery for people with disabilities following major natural disasters, or even terrorist attack, according to a research paper in the International Journal of Emergency Management. (2010-03-04)
Chinese space agency joins the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters'
The China National Space Administration has become the newest member of the International Charter (2007-05-24)
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