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2008-08-20 12:00:57

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: AHRQ Public Affairs, +1-301-427-1859, +1-301-427-1855 ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospitals can now identify the most important strengths and weaknesses in their disaster response plans using a new tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Ensuring that hospitals are prepared to respond appropriately during any type of disaster situation -- manmade or natural -- is a...

2008-08-19 18:00:43

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Alli Sherman, +1-202-835-7261, alli.sherman@ketchum.com, for Plan for Your Health HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While stocking up on bottled water and batteries is necessary to prepare for severe weather and unexpected disasters, people might not think about preparing their health benefitsin advance. Aetna encourages everyone to "storm-proof" their health and health benefits information, both of which should be readily accessible in times...

2008-08-06 12:00:22

This week's close call with Hurricane Edouard -- the first hurricane in nearly three years to threaten a major U.S. city -- is prompting some businesses to examine their disaster plans. To help businesses identify their risks and how to manage them, Firestorm Solutions LLC, a strategic consulting firm focused on vulnerability analysis, threat assessment and mitigation, and crisis management, has launched a newly upgraded and updated www.firestorm.com. Designed by Schipul - The Web Marketing...

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2008-07-03 08:46:42

Earth observation satellites have provided vital information to relief workers in Myanmar throughout a particularly long crisis response window following the devastating Cyclone Nargis that hit the country on 2 and 3 May 2008. Immediately after the disaster, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) asked the International Charter on 'Space and Major Disasters', referred to as "Ëœthe Charter', for support by providing immediate crisis mapping of the...

2008-05-09 16:37:54

The Myanmar cyclone. The earthquake off the coast of Japan. The Chilean volcano. Has Earth gone bonkers? Not at all. This level of natural activity is normal for Earth, scientists say. "Mother Nature is just reminding us that she is in charge," Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., told LiveScience. That also means the recent Midwestern quake (centered in Illinois) and temblors near Reno, though unnerving and frightening to...

2005-10-24 20:35:20

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, California officials testified on Monday that they were better equipped to deal with disaster than Louisiana, but some said budget cuts had hampered preparedness. The most populous U.S. state, California has seen some of the nation's most dramatic natural disasters, from earthquakes to fires and mud slides. "Some of the things that I personally observed, having been back in Louisiana ..., I would not envision as...

2005-10-21 08:17:35

SHANGHAI, China -- Governments need to stop assuming that death and destruction from natural disasters are inevitable and work more closely with scientists on ways to minimize the damage, a leading scientific group said Thursday. Governments focus too much on response rather than prevention, while the number of known disasters has risen from about 100 per decade before 1940 to nearly 2,800 in the 1990s, the International Council for Science said in a report. "It's time to change the...

2005-10-19 12:28:46

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Governments too often ignore risks of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes and could save lives and billions of dollars with better planning, an international study said on Thursday. Over the past century, the number of recorded natural disasters surged to 2,800 per decade from 100, according to the study for the International Council for Science, a non-government organization of experts from around the world....

2005-09-08 10:29:01

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Beset by drought, fires and floods, the European Union must work harder to coordinate its response to civil disasters, the European Parliament said on Thursday. Forest fires have ravaged southern Europe this summer, with worst-hit Portugal seeing 240,000 hectares (600,000 acres) burned. Portugal and Spain have experienced their worst droughts ever recorded. Further east, floods and torrential rain drenched Switzerland, Germany, Austria and EU...

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2005-03-29 14:25:06

NEW YORK (AP) -- While the earthquake in Indonesia and last December's Asian tsunami have focused attention on natural disasters, hundreds of smaller disasters cause widespread devastation every year. The danger and adverse economic impacts from such threats as earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and hurricanes is increasing as the world's population becomes more urban and concentrated in hazard-prone coastal regions, according to a new report released Tuesday. Some 70 percent of the world's...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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