Natural Catastrophes

Cultural Barriers to Earthquake Preparedness

Cultural Barriers to Earthquake Preparedness

A new study shows how cultural factors in the United States, Japan and Turkey affect how residents prepare for disasters.

 
The Organizational Barriers to Preventing Catastrophes

The Organizational Barriers to Preventing Catastrophes

Similar hurdles prevent most organizations from properly preparing for disasters. But each can be overcome.

 
The Catastrophe of Dumbing Down Catastrophe Models

The Catastrophe of Dumbing Down Catastrophe Models

Cat models are integral to pricing catastrophe risk. But we must be wary of over-simplifying their results.

 
Experts Forceast Mild Hurricane Season for 2012

Experts Forceast Mild Hurricane Season for 2012

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be quiet. Then again, these are merely predictions.

 
Mangrove Tsunami Protection

Mangrove Tsunami Protection

Coastal mangrove forests create a natural barrier against tsunamis.

 
Property Insurance and Disaster Recovery

Property Insurance and Disaster Recovery

Developing a disaster recovery plan and assembling a team to implement that plan, before a loss occurs, is invaluable.

 
Japan Earthquake Highlights the Worst Disaster Year in History

Japan Earthquake Highlights the Worst Disaster Year in History

The most costly disaster in world history, floods everywhere, tornado outbreaks, wildfires and a rare Northeast hurricane made 2011 a year we wish never happened.

 
Emergency Preparedness Drills

Emergency Preparedness Drills

Preparedness drills allow organizations to test disaster plans, train staff, residents and family members, and identify where the plan requires improvement.

 
Building a Prepared Nation

Building a Prepared Nation

Earthquake readiness drills and reforms at the nation’s top weather agency will keep Americans safer.

 
Historic Floods of the Big Muddy

Historic Floods of the Big Muddy

This summer’s flooding of the Missouri River is the worst in its storied history of devastation.

 
Ten Worst Locations for Storm Surge

Ten Worst Locations for Storm Surge

Ten U.S. areas face grave storm surge risk.

 
United States Ill-Prepared for Quakes, Floods

United States Ill-Prepared for Quakes, Floods

No one is buying disaster insurance.

 
A Storm By Any Other Name

A Storm By Any Other Name

We will never again call a hurricane Igor or Tomas, but other named storms may batter the coast this year.

 
The Preparedness Imperative

The Preparedness Imperative

Preparedness is rooted in planning for disasters. Here’s how.

 
In the Wake of the Quake: A Supply Chain Unlinked

In the Wake of the Quake: A Supply Chain Unlinked

The quake disrupted supply chains globally, calling into question whether the savings of just-in-time manufacturing are worth the risk.