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Involving all elements of society in preparedness

Involving all elements of society in preparedness

Lee Howell outlines the principles of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and says interested parties should join a United Nations ‘network of influence’ to reduce the impact of disasters across the globe further

  • Comment
Updating the legacy of war

Updating the legacy of war

Christo Motz speaks to Karim Peltonen about moves to update Finland’s civil defence system and how the country’s historical defences are being incorporated into modern resilience concepts

  • Interview
Leveraging pop culture to promote preparedness

Leveraging pop culture to promote preparedness

A simple and cheap US campaign to encourage public preparedness sparked the public and media’s imagination alike. Maggie Silver, Dave Daigle and Catherine Jamal say its success lay in listening to what interested the audience – which just happened to be zombies

ShakeOut

ShakeOut

More than 30 per cent of New Zealand’s population took part in the country's first nationwide earthquake drill in September 2012, writes Anita Komen

Safety versus survival: Household energy injuries

Safety versus survival: Household energy injuries

"The right to safe energy is a basic human need. The constant destruction of underprivileged homes and lives is untenable – and due almost entirely to unsafe energy supply and appliances," says Patrick Kulati in an interview with hilary Phillips

Sandy's aftermath

Sandy's aftermath

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season was brought to a close by Hurricane Sandy, which caused catastrophic levels of fatalities and damage stretching across the eastern Caribbean, the US East Coast and North East, as well as Canada, says Bill Peterson

  • Weather
How the FDNY responded to Hurricane Sandy

How the FDNY responded to Hurricane Sandy

Despite extensive preparation, emergency response plans and exercises, nothing could fully prepare firefi ghters for the hellish conditions that they were to encounter at the height of Hurricane Sandy. Christo Motz talks to Joseph W Pfeifer to find out more

  • Weather
Transport system collapse

Transport system collapse

Autumn and winter brought further unpleasant surprises to Russia after a summer of extremes, writes Lina Kolesnikova, who looks at how the severe winter weather affected transport systems, with a mammoth traffic jam that trapped drivers for days

  • Weather
Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

At the end of 2012, the British media carried a daily dose of stories of extreme flooding. With weather events now seemingly on the rise, Dave Sloggett examines the case for changing the design benchmark for flood prevention schemes

  • Weather
Challenging risk

Challenging risk

An EU project – CRISYS – recently concluded its first phase study after 15 months’ work, says Dennis Davis, who outlines development of two models which can be scaled to offer improved crisis management capabilities

What exactly are we responding to?

What exactly are we responding to?

Phil Wood contends the effects of growing human need will continue to compound and increase, resulting in social imbalance. In a dynamic and changing world, it helps to have a sense of the implications for you and those you are seeking to protect

New thinking for planning

New thinking for planning

Nancy D Connell and Leonard A Cole say that the emerging field of terror medicine, harnessing bystanders and survivors, and preparing for the unthinkable, are just three vital elements of preparedness for large scale emergencies

Real-time visual comms

Real-time visual comms

Accurate information is vital in a developing emergency, but disasters disrupt communication, making it diffi cult to relay information. Alois Hirschmugl and Harald Skinnemoen describe a project that has developed software for near real-time transfer of photos, videos and data

Cubism, camouflage and fish looking for new bedfellows

Cubism, camouflage and fish looking for new bedfellows

Disaster management has evolved from pitching in to help in an emergency, to a public service with heavy, bureaucratic and coordinated systems, writes Christine Jessup who says it is time to innovate our way to more meaningful community involvement

Situational awareness

Situational awareness

Traditionally, public health authorities in the USA have not been considered to any great degree in emergency planning or response but this needs to change, according to Raphael M Barishansky and Audrey Mazurek

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