Hurricane and Cyclone Natural Disasters
Hurricane

Hurricane Barry Hype vs. Reality

Louisiana Experienced Barry Last Week An example of hype vs. reality, Hurricane Barry is a case study of how cultural preparedness influences people’s reactions to events. Last week, Tropical Story Barry made landfall in Lousiana as a Category one hurricane. It built up over the Gulf of Mexico, forming on July 10th as it moved

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Earthquakes

California Earthquakes – All Disasters Are Local

Major Earthquakes in SoCal Earthquakes shake things up, literally. The reports that came out of California since Thursday, July 4th show wild footage of impacts and local reactions. I’m sure by now you’ve seen the stories about the two massive earthquakes that impacted Southern California over the holiday week. The first on Thursday was a

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disaster preparedness

Does Money Matter In Disaster Preparedness?

Economic Stability as a Preparedness Predictor Does having more money matter in how well a country prepares for disasters? Recently, in researching countries that excel in disaster preparedness, I came across a YouTube video called, Which Countries Can Survive Major Earthquakes? Uploaded in 2016 by the content creator, Now This World, it explains why some

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crisis events

Top Three Crisis Events of 2019 So Far

Six-month check-in on 2019 crisis events Midyear is an excellent time to reflect on crisis events so far in 2019. This blog outlines my picks for the most impactful crisis events this year. Many emergencies happen annually. So, it was challenging to limit my choices to three incidents. I am mindful that personal reactions to

disaster recovery

The Two Faces of Disaster Recovery

What is Disaster Recovery? To me, the answer is that it depends. When most people think of Disaster Recovery, it means the process of restoring applications and systems. Or, IT DR is what happens after business interruptions to resume normal operations. It is the technology-focused tasks that help companies recover after an outage. For the

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Cultural Destruction

Cultural Icon Disasters – The Notre Dame Fire

Notre Dame Cathedral Fire When a disaster event like the Notre Dame fire impacts a cultural icon, it sends shock waves across the globe. For anyone who appreciates art or world heritage, the destruction or near-destruction of any great symbol is devastating to the human psyche. Not only is the impact felt by its people,

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natural disaster

Natural Disasters – Five Year Review

Quick Analysis of Natural Disaster Impacts Over the Past Five Years A great deal has happened in the world over the past five years. In the history of the Earth,  it is barely a blink of an eye. However, for human life-spans, five years is a significant amount of time.  In terms of disaster statistics,

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reputation management

Reputation Management After a Crisis Event

How to Manage Your Company’s Reputation After a Crisis Event Reputation management is critical after a crisis. The tragic second crash of a Boeing 737 Max flown by Ethiopian Airlines on March 13th resulted in the deaths of all 157 people on board. You may have also heard that a Southwest Airlines jet made an

disaster recovery

Ten Inspirational Ted Talks for Disaster Professionals

Ten Inspirational Ted Talks for Disaster Professionals Top 10 List There is nothing natural about disaster – Rohini Swaminathan Smart Disaster Recovery – Chamutal Afek Eitam All disasters are preventable – Muralee Thummarukudy Disaster recovery – a growth industry? Toby Russell From disaster response to disaster prevention – Rachel Kyte An ingenious solution for aid

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Why Disaster Empire? Five Reasons

Why Disaster Empire? Five Reasons You ask, why did I name this site Disaster Empire? The Merriam-Webster online dictionary says the word “disaster has its roots in the belief that the positions of stars influence the fate of humans, often in destructive ways; its original meaning in English was “an unfavorable aspect of a planet

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