Category: Crisis management

High-end music festival turns into disaster area and mass chaos

This weekend was the inaugural Fyre Festival. It was supposed to be the Coachella of the Bahamas. It was supposed to be a VIP experience. Instead it was Millennial Armageddon. Tickets cost anywhere from $1,000 to $12,000 and promised a flight from Miami, activities like kayaking and yoga, and a stay in a geodesic dome. What ...

Quebec winter storm ‘shambles’ prompts government investigation

The Quebec government has launched an investigation into the response that left hundreds of vehicles stranded on a snowy Montreal highway. The Quebec government has apologized, sanctioned two employees and is investigating its mishandling of a winter storm this week that stranded hundreds of vehicles for more than 12 hours on a Montreal highway. The ...

US small businesses disaster preparedness under the spotlight

68% of US small-business owners don't have a written disaster recovery plan, even though about half (49%) said it would take their business at least three months to recover from a natural disaster, according to Nationwide's Small Business Indicator. While most small-business owners don't have a formal plan, many have taken various steps to prepare ...

Over time, nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events

Long-term impact of climate change on US cities is rising, UCI researchers find Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, ...

Major environmental disasters: January 2017

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report. This evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred around the world during January 2017. The report highlights the multiple severe weather outbreaks that killed 27 people in the United States during January, ...

Neighbourly help, key to surviving an earthquake, city planner says

City of Vancouver holding a series of earthquake preparedness workshops While Vancouver residents' reaction to this year's unusual winter weather may have the rest of Canada rolling its eyes, being prepared for a disaster is no laughing matter for a City of Vancouver's earthquake-response coordinator. Jackie Kloosterboer, emergency planner with the city, says people have ...

Facebook adds tools for finding or giving help after local disasters

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to become a disaster and crisis response tool. Facebook's users often connect on the social network to seek relief and provide support during times of crisis. Now, the company is updating its Safety Check feature to make it easier for people to find or give help such as food, ...