Disaster Preparedness

News & Articles

  • How the NIOSH Drug Toolkit is Helping First Responders

    Because first responder personnel are often the first to interact with someone who has overdosed, they are in serious need of illicit drug training. NIOSH’s recent drug toolkit is helping these first responders get the training they need.

  • OSHA and NOAA Make Severe Weather Safety Resource

    Severe weather can have hazardous effects on all facets of our lives: homes, transportation, and livelihood. OSHA and NOAA are working on a public education effort to help people stay safe during severe weather.

  • September Marks OSHA's Disaster Preparedness Month

    OSHA’s website gives readers valuable information on how to prepare for multiple natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and floods.

  • New Orleans Wins Grant to Raise Frequently Flooded Homes

    "This is a huge win for the city of New Orleans. Thanks to the funding from FEMA's Flood Mitigation Assistance program, we will be able to elevate the homes of an additional 52 families across the city who have suffered from flood-loss damages in the past," Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.

  • New Commissioner Chosen for NYC Emergency Management

    "I'm ready to get to work as commissioner for NYC Emergency Management in the greatest city in the world," Deanne B. Criswell said. "Thanks to Mayor de Blasio for the opportunity to bring my 25 years of experience to plan for, respond to, and protect 8.6 million New Yorkers when the city faces a crisis."

  • New Orleans Officials Get Hurricane Preparedness Training

    "We are always looking for ways to strengthen our relationships with the local agencies we serve," said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. "A full evacuation of New Orleans involves several agencies and several moving parts. It is important to test those types of activities before you face an actual emergency."



  • 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.


  • 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.