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An Overview of Direct Relief (DR) and Its Mission and Purpose in Saving Lives During and After a Natural Disaster
In 2014, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines with a bang, displacing 16 million people and forcing an additional 6 million to lose their homes, jobs, and livelihood. Houses were demolished and the refugees of the storm swarmed the streets, looking for places to stay. Many were injured because of the flood, and all of the...
The Different Processes Involved during an Emergency Response
The process of preparing and responding to emergencies is a coordinated effort. There are people at all different levels of the government that are involved in the process. In addition, even individuals and families that do not work for the government play a role. Individuals can do their part to respond to emergencies by d...
How Emergency Planners Can Best Harness and Utilize Natural Human Responses in Crisis Situations
In the event of an emergency there are many myths related to human behaviour that often guide the assumptions and reactions of citizens. As an emergency planner it is their job to separate the myths from the actual facts and data related to human behaviour in emergency situations. Emergency planning teams need to ensure tha...
The Importance of Improving the Rate of Evacuation of High-Risk Homes
Introduction In order to increase the rate of evacuation of high-risk homes one first needs to understand why people do or do not evacuate. The presence of children in a household and having previous evacuation experience are factors that make people want to evacuate. Having a large family, caring for an elderly or disab...
The Types of Avalanche Mitigation and Their Application
A mass of snow blocks a road and dams a river in Alaska. Pieces of an entire house scatter the snow in Switzerland. A group of skiers lie beneath the snow in Utah. What do these events have in common? A failure in avalanche control – or, rather, avalanche mitigation, since snow can never really be controlled – allowed these...
The Tragedy During the Isaac Storm Crisis in Galveston Texas
One the devastating night of September 7th 1900, the entire western world was changed forever by the most devastating natural disasters of the United States history. The cosmopolitan city of Galveston Texas, which sits upon a seemingly horizontal continental shelf, was thought to be immune to any style of cyclone. (Preusse...
The Devastating Effects of the Government's Decision to Flood the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina Disaster
In order for New Orleans to prepare for the massive storm that was going to hit their city, they first had to look at how their city was doing as a whole. The social influence and the economics of the city were in distress. New Orleans was cutting costs in order to boost the economics, and the divide between social classes...
A Critical Analysis of Ivor Van Heerden's Argument and Ethos in The Storm
On September 2nd, 2005, NBCUniversal staged their televised benefit event, “A Concert for Hurricane Relief.” Though well-intentioned, the telethon is now remembered almost exclusively for one brief moment that would later become a viral sensation -- Kanye West’s impromptu rant asserting that “George Bush doesn’t care about...