Disaster Preparedness


News & Articles

  • National Hurricane Center Upgrades Michael to 5 at Landfall

    Michael is the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States as a category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and only the fourth on record.

  • NOAA: 'Historic, Widespread' Flooding Continuing Through May

    "The extensive flooding we've seen in the past two weeks will continue through May and become more dire and may be exacerbated in the coming weeks as the water flows downstream," said Ed Clark, director of NOAA's National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. "This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities."

  • National Flood Safety Awareness Week Under Way

    NOAA and the National Weather Service want the public to know that flooding is a coast to coast threat across the United States and its territories during all months of the year.

  • FEMA Disallows Payment of $306 Million for Oroville Dam Repairs

    "Two separate independent engineering reviews indicate that a variety of problems existed at the dam prior to the February 2017 floods. FEMA's Public Assistance can only fund work directly linked to the declared disaster, and so the grant assistance request of $306.4 million was not approved for the upper gated spillway," a FEMA spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

  • Eighteen Volcanoes Ranked Highest in New USGS Threat Assessment

    The new assessment updates one done in 2005. It indicates 161 U.S. volcanoes pose potential threats to American lives and property. The eighteen very highest threat volcanoes are in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington, while 39 other volcanoes are high threat, 49 are moderate, 34 are low, and 21 are very low threat.

  • Extreme Weather Events a Top Concern in 2019

    The 2019 Global Risks Report identifies economic worries, major power tensions, political strains, climate catastrophe, and technological instabilities as areas of concern.


Webinars


Whitepapers

  • Innovations in Chemical Protection

    The chemical protection market has remained unchanged in the last thirty years despite industry advancements and changes. Consequently, workers and purchasing agents have experienced serious gaps in their wants and needs for chemical protection with the products currently available.

  • Predictive Analysis in Workplace Safety: Four 'Safety Truths' that Reduce Workplace Injuries

    This new white paper describes how predictive analytics, which has already optimized several other industries, is now being used by safety professionals to predict and prevent workplace injuries. Readers will learn the four safety truths about safety observation and inspection data.

  • Leading Refinery Optimizes its Gas Detection Program

    iNet, Industrial Scientific’s Gas Detection as a Service solution, has alleviated the maintenance challenges previously faced by a crew at a leading U.S. refinery. Additionally, iNet has provided visibility into their gas detection program that keeps workers safer.


Videos

  • Preliminary 2D Animation of Events Leading to 2017 Fire at Arkema Chemical Plant

    On Aug. 29, 2017, flooding from Hurricane Harvey disabled the refrigeration system at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas. The plant manufactured organic peroxides. The following day, people within a 1.5 mile radius were evacuated. As the trailers increased in temperature the peroxides spontaneously combusted on Aug. 31. Officials ignited the remaining trailers, on Sept. 3 and the evacuation zone was lifted on September 4. This November 2017 Chemical Safety Board video is an animation depicting these events.

  • Studies of Panicking Crowds Help Shape Building Evacuations

    How can you survive the crush of a crowd? Imagine you're stuck in a crowd. Suddenly it panics - you have to think quickly to avoid the crush. What's your best strategy for survival? In this episode of the AXA Research Files, Science Presenter Greg Foot learns about Mathematical Engineer Nikolai Bode's groundbreaking research into crowd behavior in states of panic and sudden evacuation. Watch it now for some surprising advice that could save your life!

  • Business Continuity: An Ever-Evolving Profession

    From new security concerns to climate change issues and beyond, business continuity is a constantly-evolving field – and professionals like the ones shown in this Disaster Recovery Institute video are always learning to stay on top of the latest issues.