US disaster preparedness faces severe fund crunch
Abstract: The US, which bolstered government funding to help communities respond and recover after man-made and natural disasters post Sept 11, 2001 terror attacks, is now facing a significant fund crunch. According to a report published by the Washington-based Institute of Medicine, the disaster funding has fallen considerably since the economic crisis in 2008.
11 of 2013’s worst natural disasters (PHOTOS)
Abstract: Our planet was no stranger to natural disasters this year, from the raging wildfires that destroyed more than 200 homes in Australia to Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, which left a wake of devastation in the Philippines.
MLA Citation: Boghani, Priyanka. “11 of 2013’s worst natural disasters .” Global Post, 27 Dec 2013. Web.
Live Link: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/global-warming/131217/natural-disasters-struck-2013 goback=%2Egde_3876618_member_5822506096593506305#2
7 Ways to Increase Public Health Preparedness
Abstract: Since 9/11 state, local, territorial and tribal governments have received more than $36 billion in funds for equipment, training, preparedness and response for natural and man-made disasters. The funding helped improve the culture of preparedness nationwide but could change, especially in public health, as money becomes scarce.
MLA Citation: Emergency Management News Staff. “7 Ways to Increase Public Health Preparedness.” Emergency Management, 9 Jan 2014. Web.
Live Link: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/7-Ways-to-Increase-Public-Health-Preparedness.html
Tag crisis tweets for UN action with MicroMappers
Abstract: MicroMappers is a crowdsourced initiative that lets users tag tweets and pictures made during disasters, which are then reported to the UNOCHA. With proper tagging of tweets and pictures, the UN gets a better understanding of where to send help during a given disaster and what resources need to be brought in.
MLA Citation: Barreiro, Victor Jr. “Tag crisis tweets for UN action with MicroMappers.” Rappler, 11 Nov 2013. Web.
Live Link: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/typhoon-yolanda/43436-crisis-tweets-micromappers-unocha-tagging
Twitter for disaster responders
Abstract: According to a Red Cross survey from last year, 76 percent of Americans expect help to arrive within three hours of posting a call for aid on a social media site. With expectations high, government agencies are increasingly looking for ways to engage with disaster victims, first responders, and volunteers on social media.
MLA Citation: Mazmanian, Adam. “Twitter for disaster responders.” FWC: The Business of Federal Technology, 9 July 2013. Web.
Live Link: http://fcw.com/articles/2013/07/09/fema-social-media.aspx?m=1&utm_content=buffer25881&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer
US disaster preparedness faces severe fund crunch: Report
Abstract: Sept 11, 2001 terror attacks, is now facing a significant fund crunch. According to a report published by the Washington-based Institute of Medicine, the disaster funding has fallen considerably since the economic crisis in 2008. “Furthermore, disaster funding distribution is deeply inefficient. Huge cash infusions are disbursed right after a disaster, only to fall abruptly after interest wanes. These issues have exposed significant problems with our nation’s preparedness for public health emergencies,” said Jesse Pines, director at the George Washington University’s (GW) school of medicine and health sciences (SMHS).”
MLA Citation: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “US disaster preparedness faces severe fund crunch: Report.” News Track India, 9 Jan 2014. Web.
Live Link: http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2014/01/10/121–US-disaster-preparedness-faces-severe-fund-crunch-Report-.html
Disaster relief’s chicken-egg problem
Abstract: A week after typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, food, water, and medicine started pouring into the island nation, but they arrived with no designated way to reach the storm’s neediest victims.
MLA CItation: Zillman, Claire. “Disaster relief’s chicken-egg problem.” Fortune, 15 Nov 2013. Web.
Transforming San Francisco Into a Model of Disaster Preparedness
Abstract: Public Architecture, a San Francisco non-profit organization, recently asked three architecture and design firms to devise resiliency plans for the city that could be put in place as soon as next year and explore creative ways San Francisco could respond to natural disasters.
Urban Hazard Mitigation: Creating Resilient Cities
Abstract: Cities are complex and interdependent systems, extremely vulnerable to threats from both natural hazards and terrorism. This paper proposes a comprehensive strategy of urban hazard mitigation aimed at the creation of resilient cities, able to withstand both types of threats. The paper reviews hazard mitigation practice, defines a resilient city, considers the relationship between resilience and terrorism, and discusses why resilience is important and how to apply its principles to physical and social elements of cities.
MLA Citation: Godschalk, David R. “Urban Hazard Mitigation: Creating Resilient Cities.” Natural Hazards Review, Aug 2003. Web.
Abstract: As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration today announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for future droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on livelihoods and the economy.
MLA Citation: United States Department on Agriculture. “Obama Administration’s National Drought Resilience Partnership to Help Communities Prepare for Drought.” USDA, 15 Nov 2013. Web.
CORDIS – Community Research & Development Informat : Providing a platform for a coordinated response to cloud cybercrime
Abstract: Cybercrime presents a significant threat to individual privacy, commerce and national security. In order to tackle this cross-border threat properly, agents involved in managing and monitoring cyber-risk-critical assets need to be able to cooperate and co-ordinate their prevention strategies.
MLA Citation: INTECO. “CORDIS – Community Research & Development Informat : Providing a platform for a coordinated response to cloud cybercrime.” 4-Traders, 14 Nov 2013. Web.
Our Response Plan For Oil Spills Isn’t Working
Abstract: More than 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines currently snake through the U.S., overseen by only 135 inspectors from the Transportation Department’s regulatory agency—a safety system the top pipeline safety official recently described as “kind of dying.” We know how to sponge oil off pelicans. But when it comes to human health, we’re alarmingly clueless.
MLA Citation: Jacobson, Brad. “Our Response Plan For Oil Spills Isn’t Working.” In These Times, 12 Nov 2013. Web.
Abstract: The program, Beaverton’s CERT program, promoted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency across the country, trains volunteers to prepare for natural disasters and help in the aftermath, when professional emergency responders will be overwhelmed.
MLA Citation: Bray, Kari. “Beaverton Community Emergency Response Teams train for disasters as Pacific Academy pilots teen preparedness program.” Oregon Live, 19 Oct 2013. Web.
Viewpoint: Agencies must rethink disaster preparedness
Abstract: “By learning from our past, new methods and approaches to storm preparedness and response will prevent deaths, injuries and costly rescue operations, and will help reduce storm damage.”
MLA Citation: Baldwin, Tom. “Viewpoint: Agencies must rethink disaster preparedness.” Federal Times, 20 Oct 2013. Web.
Santa Maria’s Listos: Disater Preaparedness Program Builds Trust
Abstract: Santa Maria, a town southeast of San Louis Obisbo, collaborated with the Orfalea Foundation’s Aware & Prepare Initiative, starting in 2011, to develop a program that teaches disaster readiness using an innovative, low-cost, grassroots approach. The program, customized to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking groups, is called Listos, which means “ready” in Spanish. Listos emphasizes sharing preparedness skills and information with family and friends, using a culturally appropriate curriculum that overcomes language and trust barriers and strengthens relationships between first responders and the community.
MLA Citation: Western City Magazine. “Santa Maria’s Listos: Disater Preaparedness Program Builds Trust.” Public CEO, 22 Oct 2013. Web.
The Plain Math of Disaster Preparedness: ‘Every Dollar We Spent Saved 5 Dollars in Future Losses’
Abstract: In looking at past disasters, a lesson that needs to be recalled by the people who are charged with preparing cities both for the ongoing effects of climate change and for one-time disasters of the future – storms, droughts, floods, heat waves, terror attacks is that planning for a possible disaster is less costly than recovering from a disaster.
MLA Citation: Goodyear, Sarah. “The Plain Math of Disaster Preparedness: ‘Every Dollar We Spent Saved 5 Dollars in Future Losses’.” The Atlantic Cities, 08 Oct 2013. Web.
Philippines rides high-tech Project NOAH for disaster preparedness
Abstract: Project NOAH helps provide early warnings for typhoons and disasters by using an IT network that seeks to automate data gathering, modelling, and information output for flood forecasts.
MLA Citation: Pinaroc, Joel. “Philippines rides high-tech Project NOAH for disaster preparedness.” ZDNet, 1 Nov 2013. Web.