Category: earthquake

Stay Informed: How Scales Help Us Describe Disasters

Palm trees bending in strong winds.

Last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was record-breaking. There were 30 named storms during the 2020 season. Thirteen of those became hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or greater). Six of those reached Category 3 or higher.(1) Hurricanes are categorized using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Other scales are used by experts to explain and describe Read More >

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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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Alaska Earthquake

You could say that those of us who work in preparedness are a little obsessed with making sure we’ve got our emergency kits stocked and ready, our emergency plans up to date, and our neighbors are ready too.  So we’ve got a few households in Georgia ready for a public health emergency (and a few Read More >

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Do 1 Thing: Work, School, and Community

By Cate Shockey This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program. Join us this month as we discuss preparedness at work, school, and in your community. No matter where you are, you need to know how to make sure you and your loved ones Read More >

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

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 Read More >

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Over 2.7 Million to Participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

This Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 10:15 AM (CST), over 2.7 million people in the Central U.S. will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, the region’s largest earthquake drill. Join communities throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee who will participate in this event. People and organizations in other states are Read More >

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