Latest Disasters Stories

2011-08-18 14:31:00

Funding by ITT Watermark® supports six new programs underway in Colombia, China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal and Tajikistan PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps and ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) today announced the next stage of their multi-year partnership: risk reduction programs in six developing countries where people are particularly vulnerable to water-related disasters. The leaders of this initiative will...

2011-08-18 00:00:42

Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, http://www.MMDR.org, based in Brentwood, TN provides medical care in Port au Prince, Haiti to patients affected by the recent cholera outbreak. This is the 19th time that Mobile Medical Disaster Relief has returned to Haiti since the earthquake devastated the Caribbean country on January 12, 2010. During this time the non profit organization has brought some 600 medical personnel and building teams to Port au Prince and the surrounding area. Brentwood, TN...

2011-08-12 00:00:02

Disaster.net recently launched a unique website designed to help citizens, journalists and governments monitor and prepare for natural disasters that occur worldwide. Phnom Penh, Cambodia (PRWEB) August 11, 2011 Disaster.net recently launched a unique website designed to help citizens, journalists and governments monitor and prepare for natural disasters that occur worldwide. The new website spotlights different disasters, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, nuclear, solar storms,...

2011-07-08 06:50:00

YORKTOWN, Va., July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- How do you prepare your home for a direct hit from a hurricane? What supplies should you stockpile to survive an earthquake? What steps should you take to prepare for a nuclear accident? How do you safeguard your nest egg during a financial crisis? NASA Engineer and bestselling author Dr. Arthur Bradley says now is the time to consider these important questions. He suggests that families begin by developing a written plan that assesses the impact...

2011-07-07 05:04:00

NEW YORK, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Reading or watching the news, one might be struck by the seemingly constant barrage of reports of disasters, both natural in origin and not. In fact, some colleges and universities have begun offering coursework in emergency and disaster management, as these impactful and unplanned events continue to shape our world. When Americans were asked if they think that there have been more devastating natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornados and...

2011-06-15 09:20:00

JERICHO, N.Y., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Care Compliance Strategies, Inc. (HCCS) announced today that in response to recent devastating natural and manmade disasters, it will provide free unlimited access to the HCCS online multimedia training course, "Bioterrorism and Disaster Preparation" for one year beginning on June 15, 2011. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20061010/NYTU194LOGO ) "HCCS CARES" is a year long program that allows any healthcare administrator or...

2011-06-03 13:13:35

When earthquake, tsunami, tornado or flood strike, among the most vulnerable group are the elderly. Writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management, researchers in New Zealand suggest that emergency response plans must take into account the age-related needs of adults with regards to the personal and social resources they have available. Robyn Tuohy and Christine Stephens of Massey University in Palmerston North, point out that elderly citizens are likely to experience the...

2011-05-30 07:00:00

BEIJING, May 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Reconstruction Conference organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction kicked off in Geneva on May 11. The theme of the event is "Invest Today for Safer Tomorrow", aiming at facilitating the building of communities of resilience through promoting more rational resource allocation. The event brought together representatives from 175...

2011-05-30 07:00:00

BEIJING, May 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Second WCSDF co-organized by United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the People's Government of Chengdu, Sister Cities International (SCI) and World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA) is slated for Aug 11-13, 2011 in Chengdu, China. The theme for the Forum is "Development and Cooperation among Cities: Building Livable Cities for Humanity". This is an international event on sustainable city...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'