Disaster Recovery Articles

  • 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

  • Improving bioretention/biofiltration performance with restorative maintenance

    One of the most popular Stormwater Control Measures is bioretention, or biofiltration. Anecdotal evidence suggests that well-designed bioretention cells are often not adequately installed and that maintenance is lacking, leading to less-than-adequate water storage volume and/or surface infiltration rates post-construction. In March 2009, two sets of bioretention cells were repaired by excavating ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Green infrastructure and territorial cohesion

    The point of departure for this analysis is to support the European process towards territorial cohesion and green infrastructure development, in particular the development of a strategy for green infrastructure. This report explores the concept of green infrastructure, with illustrative examples of green infrastructure initiatives on the ground and further analyses of the integration of green ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Climate change, adaptation and water

    Impacts of climate change Observational evidence from all continents and most oceans shows that many natural systems are being affected by anthropogenic climate changes. The socio-economic impacts of climate change are significant: between 2000 and 2006, the frequency of disaster from extreme climate events worldwide increased by 187 per cent as compared with the previous decade, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Collaborative governance in international disasters: Nargis cyclone in Myanmar and Sichuan earthquake in China cases

    Systemic problems have long prevailed and plagued the international disaster relief scene. Despite the reformatory efforts of the United Nations (UN), the international disaster management system does not have a well-integrated approach to ensure successful coordination of disaster management operations among its relief and partner organisations. This paper analyses the current structure of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An assessment of geo-information use during the 2005 Kashmir earthquake response and recommendations to improve future use

    The destructive effects of disasters on vulnerable populations will continue to increase as global inhabitants grow in numbers and occupy marginal, often hazard-prone areas. Recent experience has shown that there is a gap between available Geographic Information System technologies and geo-information management tools and their employment during disaster response operations. The goal of this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exploring older adults' personal and social vulnerability in a disaster

    Older adults are a demographic group that is more likely to experience negative impacts resulting from a disaster than other age groups. Age-related disabilities and the impact of social conditions can influence vulnerability to a disaster event. This paper explores the concept of personal and social vulnerability based on case studies of older adults who experienced a flood disaster. It ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Aral Sea partial restoration. I. A Caspian water importation macroproject

    A comprehensive control strategy to partially recreate the Aral Sea involves several hydrological factors: overland pipeline conveyance of Caspian Sea water deposited into the Aral Sea Basin; overland pipeline conveyance of Aral Sea brine deposited into the Caspian Sea; compensating overland pipeline importation of Black Sea water to the Caspian Sea. Effects of hydrological management of the Syr ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Aral Sea partial restoration. II. Simulation of time-dependent processes

    Three operational scenarios produce water levels stabilised at 28.9, 27.2 and 25.7 m. A macro-engineering solution is considered. Increased runoff from Syr Darya and other freshwater sources raises the Aral Sea level by 1.4-3.5 m. Depending on the scenario, the Aral Sea returns to its 2005 elevation. Caspian Sea water importation, at flow rates of 14 km³/year leads to Aral Sea stabilisation at ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Disaster preparedness and response: a challenge for hospitals in earthquake-prone countries

    An effective and immediate response from hospital personnel is critical to meet the needs of affected populations at the time of an earthquake disaster. Hospitals need to develop, practise and continuously update an effective disaster/emergency medical response plan. Communities and impacted regions cannot depend on immediate medical and humanitarian aid from other outside sources to meet medical ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solving Basement Water Problems

    Working as a MA realtor for almost twenty five years, I can say without a question that one of the greatest fears of any home owner is having a water problem in their basement! When buying a home, the uneasiness of having a water issue will be magnified ten fold if the intention of the owner is to finish the basement as additional living space. Having a little bit of water in a 200 year old ...


    By EnviroVantage

  • Climate change and disasters: issues and measures for developing countries (a case of India)

    The ecosystem, all over the world, is under severe stress because of unprecedented population growth and increase in economic activity, which have pushed the world to limits that it could not handle. The cost of inaction, that is the business-as-usual path, could be huge and in fact, globally destabilising. The likely effect of inaction is global warming, which will affect food production, access ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An international tabletop exercise on critical infrastructure protection: the lessons identified

    In 2007, a TableTop eXercise (TTX) on Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was organised by the Civil Protection Committee (CPC) of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC). The aim of the TTX was to identify gaps in existing policies and capabilities for the protection of the civil population and Critical Infrastructures (CIs) and to provide nations and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Living in hazardous waterscapes: Gendered vulnerabilities and experiences of floods and disasters

    Considerable literature exists on floods and weather-related disasters, but limited attention has been given to the varied social implications of hazards in the lives of people, especially from a gender perspective. This is particularly poignant in floodplains and coastal areas, where water is a key element in giving, sustaining and taking away life and livelihood. Critical social and ...

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