disaster management News

  • New disaster management pump system

    Wastecorp Pumps has launched the new MS-HW-Recovery, a new pump out plus freshwater distribution system as disasters such as oil spills, floods, hurricanes and overflowing sewers can occur at any time. Government disaster management agencies and contractors can now contain waste water, slurry and oil and provide wash-down services with a single unit. The end user can select a waste-holding tank ...


  • Disaster management improved by co-operation

    A new co-operation between the Dutch Kadaster (cadastre) and the topographical services of Nordrhein-Westphalen (Germany) facilitates to detect and act upon disasters like nature fires and floods faster. Emergency services can arrive sooner in this border area. Until now, Germany used a different way of projection for maps compared to The Netherlands. This was confusing for emergency services ...


  • Waste Management Donates $50,000 to Support Disaster Recovery

    Waste Management (NYSE: WM) has announced a $50,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to support its efforts in response to the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, and to serve as aid for any future recoveries. Following the most recent storms, Waste Management was among the first on the ground to aid in the recovery. “These tragic events have impacted ...


    By Waste Management Inc.

  • Prêt-a-sauver fashion for disasters

    European researchers are helping rescue workers and disaster victims by creating innovative clothing from smart fabrics. The clothes can monitor people’s health, identify their location and even detect dangerous chemicals in the atmosphere. Fire fighters, paramedics and rescue workers could soon carry a new weapon into the danger zones with European researchers completing work on smart clothing ...


  • Natural Disasters – Calamity is Not Inevitable

    A ground-breaking alliance between the United Nations and insurance companies from across the globe today launched a drive to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative brings together insurers from around ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • When disasters happen – cities at risk

    "It will never happen here." It's a statement we hear far too often, and can be an excuse for inaction that results in widespread misery and incalculable financial losses when disaster does strike. Few would have imagined a modern bustling city such as Bangkok waste deep in putrid sewage with overflowing rivers threatening cultural and historical treasures and bringing the city's thriving ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Scientists on trial: Lessons for disaster preparedness

    Earthquake science was not on trial in Italy — it was about inadequate information and participation in decision-making, says Carina Fearnley. The prison sentences for manslaughter given to six Italian scientists and one government official last week have led to an outpouring of outrage. The media have echoed the anger of numerous scientists that ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rich nations vulnerable to water disasters

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday. Citing official U.S. figures, he said the state of California, the world's fifth largest economy, 'could see prime farmland reduced to a dustbowl, and major cities running out of water by the end of the century'. Blaming it on the negative impact of global warming, he said that climate is changing - globally. He quoted scientists as saying that by ...


  • Forensic disaster investigations get underway

    One of the first countries to test a new approach to analysing natural disasters reported its initial findings at a major conference on disaster risk reduction in China last week (31 October–2 November). Japan used the Forensic Investigations of Disaster (FORIN) methodology, developed by the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Managing crises with new ISO/IEC standard for IT disaster recovery

    From fires and earthquakes to pandemics, businesses and other organizations may become the victims of disaster at any time. In order to deal with the unexpected and safeguard the interests of their stakeholders, as well as their reputation, brand and value-creating activities, a new ISO/IEC International Standard will help them mitigate risks and be prepared to respond to crises.  ...

  • Focus on better water management and ecosystem restoration urgent at UN summit on Disasters

    Tackling disasters such as floods and droughts should focus much more on the sustainable use and restoration of ecosystems such as wetlands, states NGO Wetlands International in the run-up to the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction where governments will conclude a new ...


    By Wetlands International

  • When disaster strikes, the first hours are crucial

    When disaster threatens, the first hours are crucial. European researchers have developed an automated system to provide early detection, forecasting, and warning of natural disasters such as floods and wildfires. Floods, forest fires, and other natural disasters take lives, harm the environment, and cause billions of euros of damage every year – €50 billion worldwide in 2007 alone. The EU-funded ...


  • Bordering on disaster - US and Mexico fight to green their borders

    According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 14 metropolitan areas along the US-Mexico border suffer from 'abysmal air and water quality' as well as a host of other unacceptable environmental hazards. Last week, governors from Mexican and American states along the border were hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss these and other environmental issues of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Disasters in Europe: more frequent and causing more damage

    The number and impacts of disasters have increased in Europe in the period 1998-2009, a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) concludes. The report assesses the frequency of disasters and their impacts on humans, the economy and ecosystems and calls for better integrated risk disaster management across Europe. The Agency's new report ' ...

  • Make Safety Kits Part of your Disaster Planning

    Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) July 17, 2006 -- Making sure your family home or business workplace is prepared for unseen disasters or emergency situations is no easy task. Disaster planning and the preparation of first aid kits and safety kits takes time and energy. Practicing and maintaining a good disaster plan is the key. To get started, it is a good idea to contact your local emergency management or ...


    By Safety Kits Plus

  • Environmental protection vital to reducing natural disaster impact

    Environmental degradation is a key factor turning extreme weather events into natural disasters, a new WWF report has found. Natural Security: Protected Areas and Hazard Mitigation, prepared with environmental research group Equilibrium, examines in detail the impacts of floods in Bangladesh (2000), Mozambique (2000 and 2001) and Europe (2006), heat waves and forest fires in Portugal (2003), an ...

  • Focus on wetlands at the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk of the Americas

    Wetlands should be better managed and restored for their ability to reduce disaster risk, says Wetlands International. To stimulate this, the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (the Hyogo Framework for Action, to be adopted in 2015 in Japan), should pay increased attention to the key role of wetlands to reduce disaster risk and the need for integrated water resources and wetlands ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Africa Analysis: Disaster warning not just about science

    The East Africa famine calls into question the wisdom of investing in early warning systems without improving take-up, writes Linda Nordling. When the UN declared a state of famine in the Horn of Africa in July, one group of scientists was not surprised. In August 2010, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) had ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Texas Seeks Disaster Assistance After Flooding Rains

    AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Rick Perry today requested that President George W. Bush declare major disaster areas for Bosque, Cooke, Coryell, Denton, Grayson, Lampasas, and Tarrant counties due to severe storms, flooding and tornado damage in North Texas that occurred from June 16 through June 18, 2007. The governor has asked for an expedited declaration. On Tuesday, the governor issued a state ...

  • World needs early warning of climate-linked disasters

    A senior French political leader, foreign minister Laurent Fabius, has told an international conference on how to reduce the risk from natural disasters that 70% of them are now linked to climate change, twice as many as twenty years ago. Mr. Fabius is the incoming president of this year’s round of negotiations by member states of the UN climate change convention, to take place in Paris in ...


    By Climate News Network

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