3 Years After Fukushima

March 11th, 2014, marks the 3-year anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit the Tohoku region of Japan producing a massive tsunami that killed over 18,000 people, caused $122B dollars of damage, and led to the eventual meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The environmental, social, and economic impactsContinue reading “3 Years After Fukushima”

What Happened When Superstorm Sandy Hit NYC

On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy came ashore just northeast of Atlantic City, N.J., with a wind speed of approximately 80 mph. The storm had the worst possible trifecta of characteristics: an extremely large diameter, strong winds and high tide at landfall, which generated massive storm surge that inundated the coast from New Jersey toContinue reading “What Happened When Superstorm Sandy Hit NYC”

One After Another After Another

The United States experiences more than 1,000 tornadoes a year. While most storms are weak and occur in sparsely populated areas, recent storms have inflicted heavy casualties in more populated regions of the country. Moore, OK, Tuscaloosa, AL, and Joplin, MO are the most recent communities to suffer. Tornadoes form when large air masses ofContinue reading “One After Another After Another”

Education is key for reducing children’s risks to disasters

When disaster strikes children often suffer the most, but if we can teach them at an early age about the risks posed by natural hazards, they will have a better chance to survive and thrive in the aftermath of a disaster. Natural hazards, such as floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, do not need to become disasters.Continue reading “Education is key for reducing children’s risks to disasters”

How do you end a story about a day that will live forever?

Do you tell the death count of 24 or describe the estimated $2 billion damage to some 12,600 homes? Do you reminisce about all the times you spent sitting in a musty cellar full of old people telling their own tornado ghost stories that frightened and intrigued you all at the same time? Or doContinue reading “How do you end a story about a day that will live forever?”

Hurricane Sandy Information Clearinghouse

This “Hurricane Sandy” Facebook page is an information clearinghouse for accurate, timely information related to Hurricane Sandy and subsequent recovery efforts.  Since Facebook has changed the way pages shows up in news feeds. If you want every update, you must: 1) Go to the “Hurricane Sandy” page. 2) Hover your mouse over where it saysContinue reading “Hurricane Sandy Information Clearinghouse”

Storm Surge & The Next Generation

What is this film about? Contrary to the title, Storm Surge is a not a disaster movie, but rather a film that celebrates the hope, optimism, and self-determination needed to build disaster resilient communities in advance of catastrophic shifts in ecosystems and the related impacts to our weather and our communities. From super tornadoes, droughts,Continue reading “Storm Surge & The Next Generation”

We Can’t Get No Help

George Hebert, a shrimper in Lower Lafitte, Louisiana, moved into his house a month ago, bought new furniture, and had 5 feet of water in his home after Hurricane Isaac. Now he tells his personal struggle to get transportation, food, medicine and support from the federal government after the storm. The clothes he is wearingContinue reading “We Can’t Get No Help”

Nobody Cares About Us

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Three days after Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast, we traveled to Jean Lafitte, Louisiana in Jefferson Parish to survey the wind and water damage. While there, we crossed paths with numerous residents who felt betrayed by the fact their town was left outside the levee system built by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect New Orleans. Many residents were also frustrated by the fact that desperately needed resources (food, ice, water and electricity) was slow in reaching their community