disaster response damage Articles

  • An overview on the use of satellite communications for disaster management and emergency response

    In disaster situations, communication is vital to organise and coordinate Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. In some disasters it may not be possible to use the existing terrestrial communication network due to damaged infrastructure, broken cables and/or energy sources, overload on the network, or non–existing communication network. To overcome the damaged/congested network problem and support ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 'We have to think about the children': parenting responses in chronic natural disasters

    In a chronic risk environment such as a community near an active volcano, uncertainty intertwines with fear and can seriously damage people's physical and emotional health, and stress family interpersonal conditions. In the case described here, we present information about families' responses to living around an active volcano in Ecuador, South America. This information was obtained through ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Data Mining Disaster

    Computer technology that can mine data from social media during times of natural or other disaster could provide invaluable insights for rescue workers and decision makers, according to an international team writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management. Adam Zagorecki of the Centre for Simulation and Analytics, at Cranfield University, Shrivenham, UK and David Johnson of Missouri ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Planning for disaster recovery

    Q: When is a business disaster not a complete disaster? A: When you have a disaster recovery system in place, of course. The dictionary defines disaster as “an occurrence that causes great distress or destruction”. Any business can be affected by natural disasters, like recent weather patterns, contrived disasters such as the credit crunch, or even physical disasters like the loss of your ...


    By IMSM Ltd

  • How to avoid another Tianjin disaster?

    The massive explosions at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China, on 12 August, which have reportedly killed 139 people, with 34 persons still missing, over 700 injured, 6,000 displaced and the homes of another 17,000 damaged, are a deeply tragic reminder of the permanent need to reinforce safety at industrial sites containing hazardous materials.   This accident involved chemicals that can ...

  • Impact of Tsunami Disaster on the Water Environment

    ABSTRACTThe earthquake that generated the great Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is estimated to have released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake occurred on December 26, 2004 was an undersea earthquake originated in the Indian Ocean off the western coast Indonesia and generated tsunamis that were among the worst disasters ...

  • Early warning of disasters: Facts and figures

    Lucy Pearson looks at early warning systems for disasters, their uses and limits, and what accounts for the gap between warning and action. Through history disasters have destroyed lives and livelihoods, killing people and damaging homes and businesses. Disasters in the past 35 years have taken an estimated 2.5 million lives and cost more than US$1.5 billion, mainly in developing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Documenting damage, disruption, interdependencies and the emergency response of power and communication systems after earthquakes

    This paper describes the organisation and operation of the Earthquake Investigation Committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. The committee performs post-earthquake investigations of lifelines and the lifeline facilities of emergency responders, such as hospitals and public service answering points. The objectives of these investigations are identified along with the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A tale of three cities: water disaster policy responses in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Metro Manila

    Floods and typhoons are two of the greatest water disasters affecting South East Asia, causing misery and death to people, damaging properties, infrastructure and crops, and causing disruption to commerce and industry. In many cases the impact can be widespread, affecting not only individual households but also large parts of a country including agriculture areas, towns and cities, and sometimes ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Culligan UF-P2 water filtration system - smart well technology for disaster response & beyond

    A Longstanding Commitment to Innovation & Philanthropy As a global leader in water treatment, Culligan has developed innovative industrial and commercial water treatment systems for over 70 years. The company's worldwide network, strong service capability and revolutionary technology offers customers one source for end-to-end water treatment solutions tailored to help meet their ...


    By Culligan Matrix Solutions

  • Probabilistic resilience for building systems exposed to natural disasters

    Resilience engineering requires understanding a system's capability to anticipate and absorb threats, take actions to reduce their adverse consequences, and develop response and recovery actions for the system to resume its normal operation quickly. A resilience quantification approach is very helpful in disaster risk research for comparing different mitigation strategies, selecting the most ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A comparison and classification framework for disaster information management systems

    A disaster, whether artificial or natural, can overwhelm even the best prepared segment of a society. When not properly managed, the same disaster inflicts far more damage than necessary. At the core of disaster management lie the monumental tasks of collecting, distributing, processing, and presenting disaster-related data. Although many products and proposals claim to accomplish these critical ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Online tools `decentralising disaster relief efforts`

    Disaster response and relief efforts are becoming more dynamic and decentralised with the development of web-based geospatial technologies, says a study. Researchers writing in Disasters evaluated the experiences of Harvard ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Light Plants and Scene Lighting for Natural Disasters

    According to the Red Cross, the recent onslaught of persistent flooding in Louisiana has surpassed the devastating floods that came with Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Without warning, the state received a whopping 6.9 trillion gallons of rainfall in one week (based on a report from CNN). Over 40,000 homes were affected by the flood, resulting $30 million in damages. Scientists speculate that ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Using disaster warning tools to their best potential

    Stronger links between scientific tools and the environment in which they operate can improve the effectiveness of early warning. To say there is a lot riding on disaster management is an understatement. The lives and livelihoods lost, as well as extensive damage, underscore the human, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Mosul battle brings environmental damage, with serious impacts on health, prospects of recovery

    Civilians in Northern Iraq are falling victim to additional suffering - including near suffocation and respiratory illnesses - due to what appears to be a scorched-earth policy employed by retreating ISIL militants following the launch of a major military offensive to retake the city of Mosul. Nineteen oil wells have been set ablaze by armed groups near Al Qayyarah, located south-east of Mosul, ...

  • Ignoring Impending Disasters - Why do the warning signs go unheeded?

    Does this sound familiar? You identify a major issue looming over the horizon, one that might injure people or the environment, damage the company’s reputation, cause long-term financial liabilities, or even offer a competitive opportunity. You raise the alarm, offer a plan of action and…nothing is done. You have probably been there; I’ve been there many times. This scenario ...

  • A Spill on Tradition - How Lubicon Lake Nation is coping with disaster

    Resource development often conflicts with traditional land use and can be a source of frustration for many Aboriginal communities focused on protecting their traditional territories. In areas where oil and gas development is taking place, oil spills are not uncommon and many companies struggle to find local capacity to assist them in establishing both preventative and reactive planning to ensure ...


    By ECO Canada

  • Loss and Damage: Elements for Successful Negotiations at COP 19 in Warsaw

    Imagine you inherit a one-of-a-kind china vase from your great-grandmother. It’s a priceless family treasure, and there’s none other like it in the world. You take your responsibility for this heirloom very seriously by building a protective display case for it in your home. You also install burglar and fire alarms, and take out an expensive insurance policy that will pay you $10 ...

  • Our drinking water systems are a disaster. What can we do?

    In the wake of the Flint, communities turn to innovative technology and financing to prevent the next crisis. People in developed countries turn on the tap and safe drinking water flows, a dramatic health benefit they tend to take for granted. That complacency was dramatically disrupted last year when children in Flint, Michigan, started testing positive for lead poisoning and the ...


    By Ensia

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