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Advancing a City’s Resilience, One Neighborhood at a Time

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

Diamond Heights Community

By Daniel Homsey

Often a city‘s identity is attached to a significant event in its past, and for San Francisco that event is the Earthquake of 1906.  That fateful event, in which thousands perished and our City burned to the ground, captured the attention of the whole world. Its legacy forged a commitment in the psyche of every San Franciscan – never again. 

Memories of Superstorm Sandy

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

Flooded Street

By Gaetina Hodnett

It was a cloudy Monday in late October 2012 when Superstorm Sandy approached Long Island.  The weather reports were frequent and very informative; however, I didn’t think the storm would have any impact on my family because of our experience with Hurricane Irene the previous year.  We live less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean and sustained minimal damage after Hurricane Irene. 

From the Field: The New England Blizzard of 2013

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

By John Peterson

Many of you followed the historic blizzard that hit the Northeast last weekend.  Sure, it was fun to watch the weather reporters with yardsticks ready to measure the torrents of accumulating snow.  For me, what quickly became apparent in the February nor’easter is how many ways public health touches lives in a disaster and how the public health response is affected by factors beyond our control. 

Public Art with Preparedness at Heart: The Evacuspot

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

It is Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I would like to take this time to introduce myself. I’m an EvacuSpot. I am a piece of public art with a purpose and a message. You will soon notice me on the city of New Orleans’ landscape. My journey has not been quick or easy, and I would not be ready to hit the streets of New Orleans without the support of those who care so much about our great city.  Oh wait, that’s jumping ahead.  Let me start from the beginning and tell you what I represent.

Extreme Weather, Extreme Outbreaks, and Extreme Science-based Preparedness and Response

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the news media has increased discussion and debate about what needs to be done in the future to better prepare our country for emergencies. Whether it’s another superstorm or the next H1N1, disasters are inevitable.

Special Needs and Tornadoes: A Joplin Story

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

It’s been almost two years since a devastating tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri, and the community continues to rebuild.  Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit Joplin to learn more about The Independent Living Center -Joplin (TILC), one of seven programs chosen as a promising example of FEMA’s Whole Community Approach to emergency management. 

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