Topic: emergency preparedness

Improving civilian-military humanitarian response when disasters strike

When a large-scale disaster like the current Ebola crisis in West Africa or a major storm like Hurricane Katrina hits, coordination often is lacking between the U.S. military and civilian-run nongovernmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations. To address this issue, the U.S. Naval…

Predicting where disease will strike

Student Eleanor Murray wants to know: What if we could warn people about impending disease outbreaks, just like we can now predict the weather? January 24, 2013 (5:48) Please click the play icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively,…

Disaster Response

[FORUM VIDEO] Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 1 1/2 years after the Haiti earthquake, and six months after the Japanese tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crises, this Forum event examined ho

Big Weather and Coastal Cities

[FORUM VIDEO] In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this Forum event explored how people and cities rebound from devastating natural disasters and how they prepare for new catastrophes.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined the practicalities and decision-making driving the humanitarian response to the unfolding Syrian conflict.

The Boston Marathon Bombings

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event, focused primarily on the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, revealed the sometimes surprising underpinnings of a successful emergency preparedness sys

Survey explores communication during West Virginia water crisis

Elena Savoia, research scientist in the Department of Biostatistics and deputy director of the HSPH Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center, was recently interviewed on WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia about crisis communication around the state’s winter 2014 water crisis, in which…

Teaching survival skills in disaster-prone areas

Harvard School of Public Health Professor Jennifer Leaning joined a team from Chinese University’s center for disaster and medical humanitarian response to deliver rescue and relief bags to Chinese families living in rural areas vulnerable to natural disasters. The inexpensive bags include…

The Triangle Factory fire and workplace safety regulations

On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City, Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics David Christiani talks about how the tragedy mobilized government officials and the public to strengthen workplace safety regulations. He also talks about Alice Hamilton,…

Off the cuff: The best possible response

[ Winter 2014 ] Paul Biddinger, director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program, Harvard School of Public Health The world seems increasingly under the siege of public health emergencies: deadly new infections, catastrophic weather events, terrorism, industrial accidents. Do successful public health responses in…