Cyclone/Hurricane/Typhoon

Cyclonic storm including terms such as hurricane and typhoon. Covers diameters of hundreds of kilometres. Has winds spinning at greater than 80 km/hour about an axis. Usually accompanied by deluges of rain. The spinning cloud mass moves along a generally predicatable path for days to 10s of days. They form over oceans with high air-water heat differentials.

Early Warning Systems and Preparedness to Cope with Cyclones in Coastal Bangladesh: Do They Work?

by M. Salim Uddin, C. Emdad Haque, & Parnali Dhar Chowdhury (Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba) 4.54 Mb

Meteorological Event Lessons Learned Analysis (MELLA) – A Tool on Weather-Related Impacts for the Warning Preparedness Meteorologists Program of EC

Meteorological Event Lessons Learned Analysis (MELLA) – A Tool on Weather-Related Impacts for the Warning Preparedness Meteorologists Program of EC by Denis Gosselin (Environment Canada) 8.6 Mb

The People Who Panic During Disasters Aren’t Who You Think They Are

This magazine article explains the persistence of disaster panic myths despite the pro-social behaviour people frequently exhibit in disaster contexts.

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines

This viewpoint on Typhoon Haiyan aims to capture some of the priorities for aid decision makers as they struggle with the devastation in the Philippines, such as: to rebuild livelihoods; to pay attention to special vulnerable groups; and to prepare from now for the next big disaster, building resilience to save lives and livelihoods and keeping in mind the growing impacts of climate change. 

Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life

Efforts to increase individual preparedness among older people through the creation of “go-bags” and the stockpiling of supplies have been repeatedly undertaken but have not improved overall outcomes for older people following subsequent disasters in New York City. With
extreme weather projected to increase, a new strategy is required to keep older adults, who are often among the city’s most long-term, civically engaged residents, safe.

Trying to control the response to a catastrophe

This article provides historical perspective on the problem of ‘convergence’ happening in the uncontrolled response to the recent earthquake in Haiti by highlighting the occurrence of this phenomenon in the response to the 1917 Halifax Explosion and other disasters since then.

 

Effectiveness of educational tools for hurricane resilience in homes

In the disaster mitigation community, one of the most important tasks is that of information transfer prior to, and following natural disasters. The purpose of this research project was to increase the understanding of key aspects (such as attractiveness and educational value) that influence the utility and effectiveness of educational media tools for home resilience during hurricanes.

Hurricane Sandy Damage Amplified By Breakneck Development Of Coast

New York and New Jersey had allowed intensive development in areas that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, despite known risks from direct storm hits.

Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina On Persons With Disabilities

The report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina, A Failure of Initiative: The Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina documents 90 specific failures at all levels of government in planning and responding to Hurricane Katrina and the other storms of 2005 in the Gulf Coast.

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