Natural Catastrophes

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.

 
In the Wake of the Quake: Building Code Lessons

In the Wake of the Quake: Building Code Lessons

Countless lives were saved by Japan’s stringent building codes, which are based on lessons of its past disasters. Can others learn from this?

 
In the Wake of the Quake: Rethinking Nuclear Safety

In the Wake of the Quake: Rethinking Nuclear Safety

The Fukushima Daiichi crisis was triggered by an unprecedented chain of events but may still cause the world to spurn nuclear energy.

 
A Superstorm in the Forecast

A Superstorm in the Forecast

Californians have long been awaiting the “Big One.” Perched precariously atop the volatile San Andreas Fault, the state has endured devastating earthquakes and inspired Hollywood […]

 
A History of Blizzards

A History of Blizzards

A blizzard halted Christmas traffic in the Northeast. But that was nothing compared to these past storms.

 
The Deadliest Earthquakes

The Deadliest Earthquakes

A look at deadly earthquakes throughout history.

 
After Haiti: The Future of Disasters

After Haiti: The Future of Disasters

The tragedy in Haiti, the latest in a decade that saw no shortage of natural catastrophes throughout the world, has prompted a re-evaluation of disaster preparedness and response.

 
Effects of Climate Change

Effects of Climate Change

Experts suggest that climate change could have an increasingly serious effect on coastal flooding.