Virginia Earthquake a Reminder for Adequate Disaster Planning

Disrupted cell phone service and an unexpected earthquake highlight the need for emergency planning -- even in areas not prone to certain types of disasters.

Former DHS Chief Calls Interoperable Communications Failure "a National Disgrace"

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge called the United States’ inability to achieve interoperable communications between first responders “a national disgrace” during a speech Wednesday that assessed how far homeland security has come since 9-11.

Drone Stakeholders Stress Robots' Humanitarian Upside

Drones don’t just end human life, they also save it, a panel of industry executives and government officials said Wednesday.

Think Tank Recommends Frank Discussion About Individual Responsibility During Disasters

The federal government has to have a "frank discussion" with the American people about what constitutes an acceptable amount of risk as it invests in resilience, according to a report from a homeland security think tank.

How to Help Those With Special Needs Prepare Before a Disaster Strikes

Assisting those with special needs before a disaster strikes requires inclusive planning, exhaustive outreach, and an informed approach to privacy and federal disability law, explains Assistant Editor Joseph Straw.

Experts Worry More About Aging Infrastructure Than Nuclear Plants if "Big One" Occurs in Heartland

Fifteen nuclear power plants lie in the Midwest's earthquake-prone area known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, but experts say the area's residents should worry more about aging infrastructure than the safety of those plants.

Are Nuclear Evacuation Plans a Fantasy? Asks NYT Columnist

New York Times Columnist Peter C. Applebome wonders if we're all just kidding ourselves about evacuation plans if Japan's nuclear crisis occurred here in the United States.

The Importance of Culture During a Disaster

A CNN reporter notes how Japanese societal norms have benefited disaster response efforts in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami.

Prior Near-Misses Make People Overconfident in Emergency Situations

An article in the latest issue of Risk Analysis finds that people who have knowledge of near-miss experiences associated with dangerous events perceive risk differently from those with no knowledge of near-misses.

Agencies Must Adapt to How People Use Information: FEMA Official

The best way to provide information is to adapt to the way citizens are using data, said FEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate at a conference yesterday.

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