Category: Emergency Management

Glitches reported as emergency alert testing resumes across Canada

The same problems that affected Ontario on Monday are being seen across the country as tests continue.

Alert Ready will hit your smartphone: Here’s what it’s all about

Millions of cellphones, tablets and other portable devices will sound off across the country next week to test Canada’s new public emergency alert system.

Inside the Australian Tax Office’s crisis management team

The Australian Taxation Office had a challenging year in 2017, featuring in the headlines a number of times.

A look at Honda’s E2-DR disaster response robot

Could disaster response teams of the future be made up of an army of cheery orange robots?

Wildfires ravage Northern California with shocking speed

Emergency Management - Northern California wildfires claim at least 15 lives as more than 100K acres burn

Emergency Exercises or just theatre?

Actors can't perform the simplest play without rehearsal. Should we think of emergency exercises in the same way? An eye opening comparison by Jerry Allen.

The inspiring story of a resilient Texas grocery chain running in the chaos of Hurricane Harvey

In Texas, a grocery chain is now inspiring memes. One goes like this: "State and federal resources are struggling to get into impacted areas. H.E.B. — outta the way, we're coming." Another adds: "I’ll see your FEMA and Red Cross and raise you my Texas grocery store chain." The images refer to the largest grocer ...

Ramping up earthquake resilience in Istanbul

Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool issues second catastrophe bond Straddling the Bosphorus, Istanbul is Turkey's powerhouse, generating more than 40% of the country's GDP. However, the 14 million people living and working in this vibrant metropolis live under constant threat of severe earthquakes, with the Northern Anatolian Fault running just south of the city beneath the ...

Texas hit by Hurricane Harvey: what we know so far

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, after swiftly gathering strength over the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall as a category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130mph (210km/h), making it the strongest hurricane to hit the US since the category 3 Wilma battered Florida in 2005. The ...

How drones are changing humanitarian disaster response

While so much of the news coverage about drones lately has focused on their negatives, like interfering with air traffic and the use of armed drones, they have also quietly been finding far more positive application in the humanitarian sector. The United Nations launched its first unarmed surveillance drones in December 2013, flying them over ...

Why we love to play apocalypse

Why video games are obsessed with the apocalypse! For decades, video games have had a fascination with the end of the world. Why is it that we find it so enjoyable to play games set in the ashes of our civilisation? Video games are, in a way, the perfect medium through which to depict the ...

Why do eclipses cause apocalypse fears?

If you think an eclipse means doomsday, you are not the first! There's a long and fascinating history of people believing that eclipses are a sign of the apocalypse. (Hopefully they're wrong about the one occurring in the US next week.) On 21 August, more than seven million people from across the globe are predicted ...

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