Tag: Emergency

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Delhi becomes “gas chamber” as air pollution reaches ludicrous levels

Off the charts air pollution in Delhi creates severe health emergency.

Keep calm – the first rule of business continuity

Some things are hard to predict. And others are unlikely. In business, as in life, both can happen at the same time, catching us off guard.

Barcelona fits a pattern – there is no pattern

What recently happened in Barcelona has taken some interesting twists and turns. A heinous act that we all thought was yet another quasi-random example of ‘vehicular terrorism’ (Nice, Berlin, Stockholm, London, Charlottesville…) has become a carefully planned albeit badly executed plot. We thought that the use of a van was the original intent but have learned that 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 ...

New ISO standard on video fire detectors will help save lives

Early detection of fire and smoke are essential to save lives, property and the environment. Modern technology such as video fire detectors, especially in some high-risk places like tunnels, oil and gas environments, public buildings or storage areas, enable a fast response to a potential fire. A new ISO technical specification on video fire detectors ...

How to survive a disaster?

In a catastrophic event, most people fail to do the one thing that would save their life. John Leach, a military survival instructor who researches behaviour in extreme environments at the University of Portsmouth, has studied the actions of survivors and victims from dozens of disasters around the world over several decades (and as it ...

What not to do in a disaster

See why 80 to 90% of people respond inappropriately in a crisis. Would you do better?

Tanzania prepares for worsening effects of climate change

Tanzania aims to better protect its city dwellers from floods and other climate-related threats through an urban resilience program launched this week. The initiative comes as the country is grappling with the worsening impacts of climate change, such as frequent flooding and recurring drought. More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, and ...

BlackBerry expands crisis communications services

To help federal managers communicate with their teams during an emergency, BlackBerry announced additional capabilities for its AtHoc crisis communication solution, which automates safety and availability status updates of people before, during and after an event. The new AtHoc Account combines input from managers regarding their teams, information from call center operators, data feeds from ...

Hot Resilience: Which discipline floats your boat?

I was in the gym the other day, over in the UAE and I had my music on shuffle when a song came on. It stopped me counting reps and made me think about resilience. I know…I need to get a life! In the resilience world, we have a division of those that side with ...