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  • ESS to Participate in Strong Angel III Integrated Disaster Response

    ESS to test the company's new on-demand Crisis Management software during the event TEMPE, Ariz. - August 14, 2006 - ESS today announced its participation in Strong Angel III, a collaborative demonstration of civil and military cooperation and communication capabilities put together by a partnership of private companies, government agencies, humanitarian and relief agencies and ...


    By IHS

  • Inline Distributing is Bringing their Unique Disaster Response Unit to Las Vegas

    Inline Distributing CEO Scott Bader will unveil the company’s Disaster Response Unit at the Connections Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas September 7th through the 10th. The Disaster Response Unit or DRU can be deployed 24/7 to deal with fires, floods, spills, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Convention goers can get a look ...


    By PRWeb

  • The environmental impacts of natural disasters

    When natural disasters collide with human affairs there are often immediate losses of human life and widespread devastation to the built environment to contend with. But when these disasters strike the longer term environmental impacts can exact an additional and sometimes lasting toll on the health and wellbeing of the people affected. Two hundred million people were affected by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Science in 2011: revolutions and disasters

    Science and technology can seem remote from the unfolding dramas of the world but they were never far from the front line in the first months of the Arab Spring. When revolution broke out in Egypt's Tahrir Square in January, scientists were there in force, helping to plant the seeds of change. When dictatorship was replaced by a move towards a more democratic system of government that openly ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...


    By ICT Results

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Afghanistan tops disaster risk league

    Afghanistan, Chad, Eritrea, Niger and Sierra Leone are the top five most vulnerable countries to natural disasters, according to a new global disaster risk index launched by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). The World Risk Index aims to help donors and aid ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Cisco and the Cisco Foundation pledge US$600,000 to the American Red Cross annual disaster giving program and international response fund

    The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter today announced that the Cisco Foundation is contributing US$500,000 in support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) has also pledged an additional US$100,000 for the International Response Fund. As a major supporter of the American Red Cross for over a decade, Cisco and ...

  • IPI offers quick disaster response solutions with collapsible storage tanks and water pillow bladders

    Preparation and the ability to respond immediately and decisively to global weather-related and other geological events that impact regions, communities and individual lives requires access to information and the right solutions. With both the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane season now upon us, it is an appropriate time for government, industry and citizens to review their state of preparedness ...


    By Interstate Products Inc

  • Inline Distributing Company Sends Disaster Response Units To Support Hurricane Sandy Clean Up Efforts

    Inline Distributing Company -- http://www.inlineco.com/ -- deployed their recently unveiled 53 foot Disaster Response Units in response to the damage from Hurricane Sandy. The Disaster Recovery Units serve as fully mobile warehouses, stocked with satellite phones, computer systems, on-board generators and interior/exterior ...


    By Inline Distributing Company

  • UK exercise uses satellites to improve disaster mitigation

    Last week, a team of space experts led by British company DMCii participated in a national flooding exercise, "Exercise Watermark", to determine how satellite imagery, satellite communications and satellite navigation could be used to improve UK emergency response. The team represented an ongoing project funded via the UK's Technology Strategy Board (TSB) as part of its contribution to the ...

  • Disaster public-private partnerships: important but difficult

    Building Public-Private Partnerships: Why is it so difficult? - by Oliver Davidson, Senior Disaster Response Advisor, Business Civic Leadership Center There are many practical, logical reasons for government, nongovernmental organizations, and the business community to ...


    By 3BL Media

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Natural disasters: update on EU civil protection activities

    Since the end of June, the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) has received a total of 8 requests for assistance from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria and, most recently the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - to help combat the forest fires raging across Southern Europe. These requests triggered an immediate response from the MIC. Assistance was made available through the ...

  • Legislature Strengthens CHP Disaster Preparedness Policy in Texas

     Extreme weather and other disasters are becoming more frequent and are the cause for rising concern. Texas Combined Heat & Power Initiative (TXCHPI) salutes Texas policy leaders for new legislation to assist disaster preparedness in Texas communities.  Combined Heat and Power, CHP, is an on-site power generation technology ...


    By Texas CHP Initiative

  • Five lessons from the BP oil disaster

    It"s very easy to pile onto BP right now. The "accident," which may be due more to negligence, is bad enough. But surprisingly, it"s even easier to criticize BP"s behavior since the explosion — the company has tried hard to downplay the scale of the tragedy and it has moved slowly to stop the torrent of oil pouring into the ...

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