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2010-09-29 09:45:00

Researchers have created a computer model that predicts how a disaster's impact on critical infrastructure would affect a city's social and economic fabric, a potential tool to help reduce the severity of impacts, manage the aftermath of catastrophe and fortify infrastructure against future disasters. "The model works for any type of disaster that influences the infrastructure," said Makarand Hastak, head of construction engineering and management and a professor of civil engineering at...

2010-08-31 12:35:00

Prepare Now Before Disaster Strikes WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. As part of National Preparedness Month, the nation's emergency physicians once again urge the public to have a plan in place and know when to execute it if and when the time comes. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100616/DC22034LOGO-d) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100616/DC22034LOGO-d) "Even though a tornado differs from...

2010-08-18 11:15:00

SOMERSET, N.J., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that amongst all the natural disasters he has witnessed, he has never seen anything like the disaster that has occurred due to the floods in Pakistan. The floods of Pakistan 2010 have been recorded as the worst natural disaster in the history. After analysis of the situation in Pakistan, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) has raised the appeal to $5 million. Up to 20...

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2010-06-07 12:00:00

The top UN humanitarian official said on Sunday that the possibilities of "mega-disasters" brought about by climate change are increasing. The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, told the AFP news agency that one of the biggest challenges facing the aid community was the problems that come from changing weather patterns. "When it comes meteorological disasters, weather-related disasters, then there is a trend upwards connected with climate change," Holmes,...

2010-04-21 08:22:00

Students compete in 5th annual contest to spread message that cash is the best way to help international disaster victims WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a year that has already seen several major international disasters, the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) announced today the winners of the 2010 PSAid: Public Service Announcements for International Disasters contest. The annual student competition asks student filmmakers and graphic designers from...

2010-02-03 13:05:30

Feature: Appropriate response to humanitarian crises Despite the frightening regularity of humanitarian disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, international responses remain fragmented and must be improved, argue a group of trauma surgeons on bmj.com today. They warn that an uncoordinated push to get people and equipment into the affected zone as soon as possible can worsen the situation and reduce the effectiveness of relief efforts. They also advise anyone thinking about volunteering to...

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2010-02-01 14:01:47

Amid all the commentary focused on the historic tragedy in Haiti, a tough but important fact has gone virtually unmentioned, according to a nationally recognized expert on disasters at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "What is missing from the tragedy of disaster, and our response to it, is the recognition that disasters are preventable, that it is within the power of societies and communities to prevent or at least minimize the devastation disasters cause," said Kathleen Tierney,...

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2010-01-28 14:05:00

A UN-sponsored report finds that more people died from earthquakes in the past decade than from any other disaster. Studies show more than 780,000 people were killed in nearly 4,000 disasters. These catastrophic events affected more than two billion other people and cost a minimum of $960 billion in economic losses. Guha Sapir of the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters said climate events affected far more people and the threats for these events are increasing. "Most of the...

2010-01-26 15:18:00

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- In support of the people of Haiti following this week's devastation, 1800PREPARE.COM has committed 10% of its 2010 first quarter profits to help rebuild the country. "It's not something we planned for," said Paul Faust, Co-founder, "Disasters are never planned; we feel it's our responsibility to respond in a meaningful way." Recognizing the needs of the fast growing, disaster preparedness market, 1800Prepare.com...

2010-01-26 14:17:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) has generously donated $615,000 to International Medical Corps as part of its commitment to donate $2 million to support Haiti relief efforts. "The earthquake that hit Haiti has devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Port-au-Prince and beyond," said Kevin Sharer, Amgen's chairman and chief executive officer. "The contributions are expressions of our sincere sympathy for those directly affected by...


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