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Flood Research Shows Human Habits Die Hard: Few Make Plans to Cut Vulnerability

By   /  February 15, 2013  /  Climate, Emergency Management  /  No Comments

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New research has come up with ways to quickly assess flood damage to houses while also showing most people didn’t intend to make changes to reduce their vulnerability after the 2010-11 floods in Australia.

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QPS Media Story Never Gets Old!

By   /  August 8, 2012  /  #smem, Emergency Management  /  No Comments

From Kim Stephens @ idisaster 2.0 July 12, 2012 ZDNET posted a story recounting the amazing experience of Queensland Police Service and their use of social media during the January 2011 floods in Australia. Reading it reminded me of why I find the cause of social media and emergency/crisis communications so compelling. There are numerous […]

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Phoenix flash flooding illustrates challenge facing CMAS

By   /  July 22, 2012  /  Emergency Management  /  No Comments

From the A.W.A.R.E Forum We recently came upon a news story from Arizona highlighting one of the challenges with the Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS): geo-targeting an alert to those for whom it is most relevant. On July 12, the National Weather Service sent a CMAS message (also known as a Wireless Emergency Alert) for flash […]

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Katrina Changed Everything: New Software Predicts How Water Will Spread

By   /  April 23, 2012  /  Emergency Management  /  No Comments

Answers to at least some of the problem are now on the way, thanks to a team led by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), and they come in the form of some remarkable computer software. When dam and levee owners and emergency planners want to know what flood water […]

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Planning for “What If”

By   /  February 29, 2012  /  Emergency Management  /  1 Comment

From the FEMA Blog by Dan Stoneking It seems like there are plenty of disasters to test our capability as a nation and as individual communities, so why would we spend time thinking up – and planning for – a disaster even bigger than what we’ve seen in our lifetime, in the U.S.? In 2011, […]

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