Category: natural disasters

Protecting Children Where They Learn, Play During Disaster Recovery

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Emergencies, including natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes, can happen at any time. They can have lasting impacts on communities. Places that were once safe might become unsafe. Homes, businesses, childcare facilities, schools, and other buildings can be damaged or destroyed. After the initial response, communities begin a long recovery process. Buildings are rebuilt, infrastructure Read More >

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Emergency Preparedness Tips for Parents of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

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April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is also a time of year when people must prepare for severe weather. April, May, and June are peak months for tornadoes in many states. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Emergencies come in all sizes and affect people in different ways. All emergencies require Read More >

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Probabilities, Not Promises: How Computer Models are Used in Emergency Preparedness & Response

Computer models are not crystal balls. They are the result of a set of variables going through mathematical algorithms. What comes out is a simulation of what might happen if present truths are accurate predictors of future trends. Models show probabilities; they don’t make promises. Models have many applications. Epidemiologists use them to predict disease Read More >

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National Battery Day: Plan Ahead with Emergency Power Sources

In observance of National Battery Day on February 18, take a minute to think about how integrated electricity and power sources, like batteries, are to our everyday lives. Electricity is so integral to our routines, that we sometimes take it for granted. So many facets of our lives require electricity. Look around you. From cell Read More >

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Can Your Pet Sense Disasters?

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By Regina Quadir Imagine your dog starts barking and hides under a table right before an earthquake rattles your house.  Is your dog psychic?  The idea that animals can predict earthquakes and other natural disasters is not a new phenomenon.  Scientists have been exploring this topic for years, investigating whether animals possess a sixth sense that Read More >

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