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Articles from disaster experts written just for leaders, whether you’re at the helm of a crisis or taking steps to protect your community. Words of wisdom when you need them most!

Operating After a Disaster – One Business’s Success Story

In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina roared toward shore, my employer, Anteon Corporation, found itself in the bull’s eye.  We had about 20 people working in New Orleans and another 70 sixty miles to the east in our Bay St. Louis, Mississippi office. I was a Group Vice President working out of Annandale, Virginia […]

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Survival Checklist for Residents Who Don’t Evacuate

Evacuating an entire community in the face of an approaching disaster is difficult, and despite everyone’s best efforts some will stay behind.  Here is a survival checklist for communities to share with residents who can’t or won’t leave. …………………. Have plenty of nonperishable food (and a nonelectric can opener) and water.  Camping stove or sterno […]

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Working With Nature to Minimize Disaster Damage

Mother Nature, it seems, is running amok. Two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey roared ashore in Texas and lingered. This week, Hurricane Irma became a Category 5, striking the Caribbean Islands with sustained winds of 185 mph. As I write this, Irma is tracking towards Florida and the east coast, showing no signs of weakening. The […]

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Resilience-based Governance — Understanding Urban Resilience and Risk Reduction Post-Harvey

The 2017 hurricane season has reminded coastal residents in the United States and Caribbean of the level of damage and destruction a cyclonic event can inflict upon municipalities. Hurricane Harvey will undoubtedly become the costliest climate disaster in United States history with preliminary estimates of at least 150 to 250 billion USD. According to the […]

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