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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 Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Cases of Disasters
Non-Governmental Organizations are privately run and usually operate on a non- profit basis. Most of these organizations are humanitarian and voluntary in nature. Their drive is to attend to people in need by offering specialized and professional assistance whenever necessary. This paper addresses the role of NGOs in the in...
An Examination of the Limitations Leading to the Resistance and Pushbacks on the Use of Incident Command System (ICS)
During the initial period when Incident Command System (ICS) was being proliferated throughout the country, it was met with significant pushbacks and resistance from the responders of emergencies and disasters due to the limitations presented by the system. This paper will highlight on some of the limitations that led to th...
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 Inequality of the Government on the Citizens After the Katrina Hurricane Disaster in New Orleans
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...