Disaster response

How disability rights advocates want to change the landscape of disaster response.
The minute-long commercial highlights the company's emergency response plans.
These events remind us of our vulnerability and as the story unfolds they will underscore the critical importance of preparedness, response and long-term recovery.
Humanitarian organizations and the citizens they serve are overwhelmed by the speed of change and the onslaught of information. In response, digital humanitarians (individuals who participate in humanitarian relief online) have organized into skilled teams online to decipher the signals from the noise and thus provide accurate data.
Just days into the crisis, the American public realized that the human and animal tragedies were bound together, and they were rooting for all to survive and get back on their feet.
Even though she continues to receive threats from her father's friends in the community, BK has found her voice and strength. She wants to go back to her village and help other women in her community.
Amidst the destruction and aftermath of the recent earthquake in Nepal, daily miracles and moments of compassion illustrate what is possible when humanity bands together -- babies pulled alive from rubble, mothers sheltering hours-old newborns and citizens rushing in from around the world to provide relief to massive suffering.
While the first harvest is entirely lost, the hope is that farmers can plant again before the rains stop altogether so that there is hope of having some food to harvest this year. However, the crops will still take months to grow and many families will need food assistance in the interim.
Nothing can be done to return Carol Glover to her grieving family, and there are limitations to reversing the trauma left
How do we heed the advice of Mr. Gates and act today to enable the major leaps of the next decade that will save hundreds of thousands of lives?
Science has a long-standing black eye for what is called the "science to practice" gap: the extraordinary time delays in closing the gap between what we know and what we do. There is a still a prominent gap to be closed for disaster mental health care.
The massive 6.0 earthquake in San Francisco on Sunday is another reminder that Mother Nature doesn't play by the rules, so we'd all better be prepared for the unexpected.
"We’re still in the early stages of working with Airbnb," Dan Douthit, public information officer at the Portland Bureau
In June we reported that the Red Cross was resisting our request that the New York attorney general's office release information
The world is made smaller by these disasters. The boundaries between the heartbreak brought by a typhoon in the Philippines and the tornadoes in the American Midwest are really non-existent.
Credit: Alicia Wagner/Habitat for Humanity International. Ron Terwilliger at the IndiaBUILDS launch. At his funeral in 2007
There's a famous saying that goes, "None of us is as good as all of us." I am thankful that our country recognizes this and unites to give our best to those in need when times are at their worst.
During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.
Literally hundreds of faith-based and community-based organizations deployed to assist the survivors of the explosions and assist the City of Boston in the hours after the explosions.
During a large scale natural disaster there is always a challenge facing people who want to quickly and easily contact the people they care about.