Disaster Science

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Much of the money donated after disasters is stolen

IN A shelter in Juchitán, in southern Mexico, in September, two sisters sat at a table nursing their children. Mexico had suffered its strongest …

North Korea accuses CIA and South Korea of plotting to assassinate Kim Jong Un

BEIJING — North Korea accused the United States and South Korean intelligence agencies Friday of plotting to kill the nation’s leader, Kim Jong Un, using “biochemical substances.”<p>The accusation came amid sharply increased tensions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear …

North Korea

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 …

Maricopa County

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 …

Rainfall

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 …

Pakistan

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 …

Weather

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 …

Weather

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 …

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>As sweltering temperatures smothered the city over the past week, an invisible revolution in the city’s approach to energy was under …

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 …

Rolls-Royce

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 Video

Passengers and crew aboard the Caribbean Fantasy off the coast of Puerto Rico were forced to evacuate after the ship caught fire in the engine room.

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

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 …

Oregon

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Journalism

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

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Streaming

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 …

Bill de Blasio
Natural Disasters

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 …

Information Systems
Viral

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 Race for a Zika Vaccine

In the throes of an epidemic, researchers investigate how to inoculate against the disease.<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. …