Disaster Preparedness


News & Articles

  • 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.

  • State Farm Gets First National FAA Waiver

    The national waiver allows State Farm to conduct drone operations over people and flights beyond the pilot's visual line of sight through November 2022. Previous waivers State Farm was granted were limited to a short time frame and to specific geographic areas affected by hurricanes.

  • Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Application Period Begins

    Wildfires burn twice as much land area each year, on average, as they did 40 years ago, and the threat continues to increase. In 2018, California saw its deadliest and most destructive fire, the Camp Fire, burn more than 150,000 acres and kill 85 people.

  • New Leader Named for Gulf Research Program

    The Gulf Research Program was established in 2013 as part of the settlement of criminal charges against two companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The federal government entrusted the National Academies with $500 million to enhance human health, environmental resources, and the safety of offshore energy systems in the Gulf of Mexico region.

  • Canada Testing Emergency Alert System This Week

    The CRTC, which regulates the broadcasting and telecommunications service providers that distribute emergency alerts to the public, set a target that 50 percent of new devices sold in Canada be wireless public alert compatible as of April 2018 and 100 percent as of April 2019.

  • Eying Natural Disasters, Virginia's Governor Signs Resilience Executive Order

    It calls for designating Virginia's secretary of natural resources as the chief resilience officer of the Commonwealth, a review of the vulnerability of Commonwealth-owned buildings, development of a Virginia coastal resilience master plan, a review of pre-disaster mitigation programs, and a review of compliance with flood protection and dam safety laws.


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.