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Time to clean up our act?

Time to clean up our act?

Christo Motz says that many people are physically and mentally unprepared to deal with natural and man-made disasters, arguing that individuals, communities, businesses and institutions must change their mindsets to survive

  • Comment
Shipwreck search and rescue: Tough conditions

Shipwreck search and rescue: Tough conditions

In January, we watched in horror after the cruise liner Costa Concordia ran aground near Giglio on Italy’s Tuscan Coast. Emily Hough speaks to Ennio Aquilino, head of the search and rescue operation, to learn more about the complex emergency response

  • Analysis
  • Incident
Dealing with school tragedy

Dealing with school tragedy

Erik L J L De Soir describes his involvement in the response to the coach crash in Sierre, Switzerland, in which 22 Belgian and Dutch schoolchildren died, along with six adults

  • Analysis
  • Incident
Torrents sweep through homes

Torrents sweep through homes

Russia rarely makes the news when it comes to floods, but this year a particularly severe flood hit an area in southern Russia in July, writes Lina Kolesnikova

  • Analysis
  • Incident
Management of flash floods

Management of flash floods

Fernando Soteras and José Luis González García examine the coldair pool phenomenon – or Gota Fría – which causes massive downpours and flash floods in the Mediterranean coast, and the authors outline emergency management measures that are transferable to other types of floods

  • Analysis
  • Incident
Wildfire protection in France

Wildfire protection in France

Christophe Debray describes how France’s wildfire prevention and firefighting doctrine has evolved over the last two decades, with a particular emphasis on the southern part of the country

  • Analysis
  • Incident
Picking up from where science has failed

Picking up from where science has failed

Christo Motz interviews Professor Eelco Dykstra about a new, international project that aims to get people truly thinking about the consequences of large-scale disasters and how they could affect their lives and businesses

  • Resilience
  • Urban
Put logistics in their proper place

Put logistics in their proper place

Cities must explore how cyclic risk reduction can be applied to climate adaptation planning and recognise the important role that resilient urban logistics can play in this approach, argue Maarten De Cock and Emily Dowding-Smith

  • Resilience
  • Urban
Protecting cultural heritage

Protecting cultural heritage

World heritage sites don’t just provide rich cultural history, they are at the heart of the communities in which they stand and play a vital role in today’s societies. But they need to be protected, says a UNESCO team, which is working to build disaster resilience in Albania

  • Resilience
  • Urban
Official report into Norway attacks

Official report into Norway attacks

Leadership, technology and the application of lessons learnt arising from exercises are among the weaknesses highlighted by an offi cial report into the bombing of the government complex and shootings on an island summer camp, writes Emily Hough

  • Security
  • Terrorism
The rise of the lone attacker

The rise of the lone attacker

Lina Kolesnikova examines the threat of lone wolves and suggests that authorities should not be afraid of addressing the security dilemmas that they pose

  • Security
  • Terrorism
Keeping their distance

Keeping their distance

Peter Stolwerk describes how the development of hydraulic special tactics equipment is now helping police offi cers when conducting dangerous law enforcement activities

  • Partner
Preparing for the worst: Exercise Hades

Preparing for the worst: Exercise Hades

Stephanie Anderson describes a large-scale multi-agency CBRN aviationrelated incident which took place in Australia earlier this year

  • Security
  • Terrorism
Planning for a CBRN attacks

Planning for a CBRN attacks

What are the crisis management plans in the event of a CBRN incident in the French capital? Christophe Libeau looks at a new operations centre in Paris which combines operations and crisis management organisation

  • Security
  • Terrorism
Prevention better than cure

Prevention better than cure

Dave Sloggett offers a perspective on the security of the Olympic Games from a unique vantage point inside two of the Gold Command teams created to ensure the safety of the public

  • Security
  • Terrorism
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