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Category: Natural Disasters

Looking Back: A Local Emergency Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Destroyed homes and rubble in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake

On a cold January night in an icy church in Boston, I stood amongst more than a hundred Haitian community members feeling a strange proximity to the tragic earthquake that struck earlier that day in a hot distant island about which I knew little at the time. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti occurred when I was exploring the field of public health and working in the Commissioner’s Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Read More >

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Connecting Neighbors through Social Media

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Online communication and social networks are changing the way that people communicate. Today people are able to relay messages to those around them and those across the world neatly instantly. This instant communication is playing a critical role in emergency communication. Read More >

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Frozen Without a Plan: A Mom, 3 Kids, and the Atlanta Ice Storm

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It was 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in January, and Kelly had been on the road for four hours. She was only a few miles from work, but many miles from home. Her rearview mirror showed a backseat full of children – 5-year-old Savannah, and her 9-month-old twins Read More >

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Emergency Response 10 Years After Katrina

Shall That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave

In 2005, in the face of one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history, Dr. Dan Sosin was called upon as a member of the United States Public Health Service to deploy to Louisiana and provide support to the state’s emergency response. Amidst the chaos and devastation from Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Sosin traveled to the state emergency operation center in Baton Rouge  Read More >

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Getting there Safely—Avoid Driving Disasters

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From weekend getaways to cross-country road trips, people spend countless hours driving each year. Despite the confidence you may feel behind the wheel, there are some situations where driving is not a safe option for anyone. The weather can cause especially dangerous driving conditions, often putting a driver and their passengers in unexpected and risky Read More >

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Take the Pledge to Improve your Community’s Preparedness

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Are you and your family prepared to face a disaster? What about your neighborhood?  Do you know your neighbors’ emergency plan or how you can help each other during an emergency? April kicks-off America’s PrepareAthon!—a nationwide campaign to increase emergency preparedness and community resilience.  Throughout the month local, state, and federal groups will take the Read More >

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