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Disasters Essays

Emergencies and Disasters in Florida

In every part of the world, people are uncertain about their future, because every now and then, they are facing some kind of natural and/or manmade hazards. Florida, amongst many other countries of the world has the geographical position, which makes it more prone towards calamities and natural disasters. Each …

1996 Mt. Everest Disaster

The summit of Mt. Everest is about 29,000 feet above sea level, a level wherein oxygen supply is very thin.  Many climbs have been attempted to reach the top of the world’s tallest mountain.  Many were successful, but many more failed.  Some lost limbs, while others died in the process.  …

Emergency Disaster Management

Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-5), was issued to develop a new National  Response Plan (NRP) for aligning  and unifying Federal coordination structures, capabilities, and resources into a well integrated, all discipline, and all-hazards approach to domestic incident management. HSPD-5 has set forth certain criteria for identifying Incident of National Significance …

The Bhopal Disaster of 1984

             A plant used to manufacture pesticides meant to boost the “green revolution” program of India which was, in turn, intended to achieve food self-sufficiency, killed around 8,000 people instead, aside from injuring at least three hundred thousand more, most of them for life.  The culprit was the pesticide plant …

The Coming Generational Storm

While our nation’s aging may not change our government’s objectives, the aging process may wreak havoc on traditional measures of fiscal policy. If more appropriate measures are not developed, all this will lead to a misreading and misdirection of fiscal policy. The U.S. deficit is a case in point. In …

Typhoon Sendong

Clean water – There is still a pressing need for clean water. Purification tablets are in high demand, and therefore supplies limited. There is increasing difficulty in sourcing the tablets locally. Housing – The Compassionate Resources Warehouse/NCM Canada offer of shelter boxes is pending the outcome of follow-up by CDO …

Hazard Mitigation

Introduction             Mitigation is the acting before a disaster strikes to prevent permanently the occurrence of the disaster or to reduce the effects of the disaster when it occurs and also used effectively after a disaster to reduce the risk of a repeat disaster. The hazard mitigation and preparedness …

Caribbean Studies

Natural disasters are defined as natural catastrophes which cause great damage by disrupting the functioning of a society. Natural disasters are inevitable and ubiquitous worldwide. Within the Caribbean, three main natural disasters are hurricanes, earthquakes, floods. The great damages caused by natural disasters may be divided into two categories: social …

Challenges for Humanitarian Action the Case of Colombia

Natural disaster and armed conflict – Challenges for humanitarian action The case of Colombia Abstract The paper discusses humanitarian action in the case of complex emergences and natural disaster highlighting relation between them. Considering multiple security threats arisen in recent years in the world humanitarian response has become more demanding …

Success Breeds Confidence and Fantasy the Challenger Disaster

Could the challenger disaster have been avoided? I once heard a smart man say “Never get to confortable with what you are doing and if you get to confortable change your work”. The challenger disaster was the product of over confidentiality of the engineers working in the project. The problem …

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