Disaster Science

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DHS: Teenager’s malware disrupted 911 call centers in 12 states

Emergency 911 call centers located in at least 12 different U.S. states, including Arizona, Washington and California, were recently the target of a …

Cybersecurity

What the Largest Evacuation in Florida's History Looks Like

More than two million people in coastal Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are being told to flee their homes in advance of Hurricane Matthew, the …

Climate

Blame Montreal’s airport folly on a broken management model

Perhaps no three words in the French language generate more fear and loathing among air travellers these days than “<i>Bienvenue à Montréal</i>.”<p>To land in Canada’s second-largest city from an overseas or U.S. destination means experiencing customs wait times that stretch up to two hours (the worst in the …

Our Last Line of Defense Against Gonorrhea Is Failing

Health officials in the US have identified a cluster of gonorrhea infections that exhibited unusual resistance against the last two main antibiotics …

Targeting a Hospital in Pakistan

A suicide attack in Quetta on Monday killed dozens of lawyers and journalists who had come to mourn the death of a prominent attorney.<p><i>Updated on August 8 at 3:45 p.m. ET</i><p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> A suicide bomber in Quetta, Pakistan, killed at least 50 people on Monday in an attack on a hospital that targeted …

Dystopia

Mexico's Deadly Mudslides

Hurricane Earl dropped a month’s worth of rain in a single night, killing at least 40 people.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> Violent rains caused by Hurricane Earl sent mud flowing down hillsides and killed about 40 people in two Mexican towns along the east coast over the weekend. Meanwhile, towns on the opposite side …

Dystopia

As Forecasts Go, You Can Bet on Monte Carlo

From Super Bowls to hurricanes, this simulation method helps predict them all<p>When Hurricane Sandy began swirling off the coast of Florida in 2012, the earliest forecasts suggested the gigantic storm was unlikely to hit land.<p>If it wasn’t headed for the coast, everyone could relax. But if landfall …

Gambling

Airbnb activates disaster response site for Louisiana flooding

Airbnb has activated its disaster response page following the record-breaking flooding in Louisiana.<p>With at least seven people dead and some 20,000 evacuated as a result of the flood, the accommodation site has set live the tool that allows hosts to offer their homes free of charge.<p>Anyone with a …

Louisiana

New Approach Keeps the Power Flowing in New York City on Hot Days

Tactics include cutting demand through marketing and incentive programs, relying on renewable energy sources closer to customers and upgrading equipment<p>Most Popular Videos<p>Most Popular Articles

Renewable Energy

Scenes From the Terrifying, Already Forgotten JFK Airport Shooting That Wasn’t

When the first stampede began, my plane had just landed. It started, apparently, with a group of passengers awaiting departure in John F. Kennedy …

TRACIE | Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway

Welcome to ASPR TRACIE<p>Brought to you by HHS ASPR, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) was created to meet …

Health Care

More Than 500 People Rescued From Ferry Fire

Puerto Rico

Syria's White Helmets nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The group of volunteers who brave daily bombings to carry out search and rescues missions across war-torn Syria have been nominated for the Nobel …

What Does It Take to Become Resilient?

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, we want to consider what it takes to be resilient.<p>A recent report by Harvard University about the emergency response to the explosions at last year’s marathon finish line found that the city of Boston showed strength, …

Boston Marathon Bombing

Portland Tests Disaster Response for Massive Quake

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment.</b><p>The West Coast is due for a massive earthquake. Experts say it’s not a matter of if, but when. When preparing for a natural disaster, training matters. But can you train an entire city?<p>This summer, officials across the Pacific Northwest …

Earthquakes

The Takeaway

WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York's flagship public radio stations, broadcasting the finest programs from NPR, PRI and American Public Media, as well as a wide range of award-winning local programming. WNYC is a division of New York Public Radio.<p>WNYC is supported by

When disaster-response apps fail

<i>This</i> <i>article</i> <i>was originally published in</i> <i>The Conversation</i><i>.</i><p>When a terrorist struck Nice, France, on July 14, a new French government app designed to …

Government Technology

Achievements of the Emergency Public Health Division

<i>This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.</i><p>Commissioner Wallander and Dr. John F. Mahoney, Commissioner of Health, talk about the Emergency Public Health Division.<p>Mahoney tells Wallander that the Public Health division is …

Public Health

Japanese ambulance image of the week

Report on Civil Defense

Bellevue Hospital's Long, Twisted Road to Resiliency

Just across from the FDR Drive, one of the first visible hurricane protections built since Sandy is going up: The Veterans Administration is building an 11-foot-high flood wall around the perimeter of its giant Manhattan hospital.<p>Meanwhile, the city's flagship public hospital, Bellevue, is just a …

Government

Deadly earthquake rocks central Italy; dozens dead, hundreds missing

At least 120 people were killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck the region.<p>Nearly 300 people have died after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and strong aftershocks struck the region.<p>AMATRICE, Italy — In this ancient town laid waste in seconds, Sister Mariana …

Earthquakes

Help quake victims near you by disabling your Wi-Fi password

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday morning, killing at least 247 people in the small towns in that area.<p>Disaster relief organizations are already working hard to rescue survivors and search for more of them. To aid their efforts, the Italian Red Cross has asked citizens …

Italy Earthquake: What The Italian Tech Community Is Doing

There’s a “bad” Italy and a “good” Italy, as former Economist editor-in-chief Bill Emmott would say. Disasters like the recent earthquake are litmus tests of sort to highlight the difference between the two.<p>The former does not comply with its own anti-seismic standards, tries to skim money off the …

First Aid

ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a series of university partners are developing an earthquake early warning system called ShakeAlert, which aims to provide the general public with alerts up to 10 seconds before an earthquake hits. The system is not yet public, but it is now undergoing testing …

The Chase

How fast can we roll out a Zika vaccine?<p>On a Saturday morning in April of 2014, Nenad Macesic, a thirty-one-year-old doctor-in-training, received an urgent phone call from the emergency room of Austin Hospital, just outside Melbourne, Australia. Lean and taut, with a swirl of dark hair, Macesic …

Viruses

New Analysis Confirms Why the Skagit River Bridge Collapsed

In May 2013, a bridge spanning the Skagit River along Interstate 5 in Washington state catastrophically collapsed, after an oversized trailer clipped …

The Global Lessons of Italy’s Earthquake

Old buildings can be retrofitted, but doing so is hindered by bad estimates of risk.<p>Neglected ancient buildings, no matter how admired, do fall down and kill people. The 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Italy last Wednesday has again reminded us of our powerlessness against nature’s fury. On …

Earthquakes