Disaster Recovery Articles

  • 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

  • Information management and humanitarian relief coordination: findings from the Haiti earthquake response

    The overwhelming humanitarian impact of the January 2010 Earthquake in Haiti created a tremendous coordination challenge for the humanitarian relief agencies. In this paper, we first describe the coordination mechanisms that are implemented by the United Nations and the role of its Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). We introduce the cluster approach, which is instrumental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • An examination of interdependencies among major barriers to coordination in disaster response

    This paper reports two exploratory research studies conducted to identify major barriers to coordination in disaster response and to understand causal relationships among those barriers. In the first study, two expert panels (emergency operations centre directors and firefighters) participated in a Delphi survey to identify and prioritise major barriers. In the second study, five focus group ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Restoration of heathland case study

    Dr Phil Putwain has undertaken research over a period of 30 years on the restoration of lowland and upland heathland landscapes following severe disturbance by development projects on uncolonised mineral substrates on marginal farmland. The research findings were applied to practical implementation of heathland restoration on a large scale at sites throughout Britain ranging from the Orkney ...

  • Daimer Unveils Carpet Cleaners For Aircraft Maintenance Professionals Seeking Robust Steam Cleaner Machines

    Daimer Industries, Inc.®, the most renowned supplier of American produced cleaning machines to more than 200 countries for a variety of applications and markets, including such technologies as professional carpet cleaning machines, pressure-optimized truck mount carpet cleaners, and general carpet steam cleaners, is now shipping its 500 psi XTreme Power® XPH-9600 to the airline industry ...


    By Daimer Industries Inc.

  • A framework of business recovery in the aftermath of a disaster

    The issue of business recovery in the aftermath of a disaster has attracted the interest of many pundits. There is a general scarcity of models and frameworks for evaluating organisational recovery efforts. This paper proposes a framework to predict organisation's performance following a disaster. Based on the disaster life cycle, a five concept model is proposed. The cycle consists of three ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Bringing ecosystems into disaster risk reduction at the Asian ministerial conference

    Along with Yus Rusila Noor of our Indonesia office, I recently participated in the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 22 – 25 October 2012 as part of the Partners for Resilience consortium. Our participation was a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of healthy ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Broward County Public Schools Technical Assistance

    Background Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school system and the largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school system in the United States. Serving over 258,000 students in Broward County, Florida, BCPS has 232 traditional and 76 charter schools. Through a contract with the State of Florida, O’Brien’s Response Management Inc. ...


    By Witt O`Brien`s, LLC.

  • Natural Disaster Recovery & Drinking Water

    Clean water is one of the fundamental pillars of modern civilization, and a major priority for local and municipal government.  When disaster – hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes – strikes, one of the first priorities is to rehabilitate water treatment and distribution systems.  Water main and pipe breaks, pressure loss, and backflow can all act to introduce external ...

  • Considering emergency and disaster management systems from a software architecture perspective

    The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has been advocated for addressing the obstacles and improving decision–making for emergency and disaster management. A number of ICT support systems and frameworks, both conceptual and application–based, have evolved to support the highly time and collaboration intensive task of emergency and disaster management. A number of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Developing GIS tools for planning, mitigation and preparedness for large scale emergencies and disasters

    Emergency and disaster management involves four stages: mitigation (planning), preparedness, response and relief. Concerned authorities at different levels (central, state, district, etc.) play different roles and have different responsibilities in each phase of emergency and disaster management. Geographic information system (GIS) based tools have been shown to be useful in the response and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Evaluation of structural performance in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake: a case study of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake

    Immediately following an earthquake event, there is pressure for experts to provide information regarding what has just happened and why. What is reported in the media can influence the confidence within the society regarding the engineering profession, and may also influence policy that is established as a result of the event. Using the earthquake that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Emergency preparedness and management from national to local levels in Pakistan

    This paper has made an attempt to analyse the emergency management and preparedness practices of Pakistan with focus on Baluchistan both at the community and organisational levels using key informant interviews, focused group discussions and discussions with organisations involved in disaster management process. It is revealed that disaster-related issues are handled at the provincial level ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A model and a simulator for disaster recovery

    The level of economic and social cost arising from large scale disasters has become apparent in recent years. One of the conclusions that can be drawn from recent experiences is that both corporations and regulators have difficulty in predicting both the post disaster scenario, and the results of management actions in these scenarios. This paper discusses an approach that could lead to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Flood control and disaster management

    Flood control refers to all methods used to reduce or prevent the detrimental effects of flood waters (wikipedia). Some of the common techniques used for flood control are installation of rock berms, rock rip-raps, sandbags,  maintaining normal slopes with vegetation or application of soil cements on steeper slopes and construction or expansion of drainage channels. Other methods include ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Acceptance criteria for risks of disasters with widespread effects

    The paper discusses special issues that arise in engineering decision-making for engineering projects that involve a risk of potentially disastrous outcomes with widespread effects. For such projects, the costs, risks and benefits may spread beyond the jurisdiction of the relevant regulatory authorities, and the dispersion of the costs, risks and benefits may limit the accountability and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Disaster management plan agriculture

    The municipality Amt Neuhaus spreads out on the right bank of river Elbe. The region is characterized by agriculture, especially grassland farming in conjunction with animal husbandry. The area is low-lying and has a potential flood risk. The floods in 2002, 2006 and 2011 endangered the stability of dykes and therefore the security of people, livestock and material assets. In 2002 the situation ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Disaster Management

    Disaster Management is a strategic planning and procedure that is administered and employed to protect critical infrastructures (also known as "critical assets") from severe damages when natural or human made calamities and catastrophic even occur. In the United States, Executive Order 13407 is established as policy for the United States to have an effective, reliable, integrated, flexible, and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Disaster Recovery

    Disaster Recovery is the process to aid critical infrastructures, people, or nation involved in the disaster and to orderly return back to standard state or operation. In addition,disaster recovery include the following steps: Rebuild resources Counseling adults and children to cope with disasters Ensuring public health and safety Community organizations and educators ...


    By IWA Publishing

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