Posted on August 22, 2014
Does a female-named storm impact evacuation? Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University believe they do. In a study published in the June Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers looked at death rates from 94 Atlantic hurricanes that made landfall in the United States from 1950 to 2012. Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, those with female names resulted in an average of 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths from male-named storms. Excluded from the...
Posted on June 17, 2014
We all know the value of culture – it is an integral part of our lives and provides an individual, a population, and a community with a unique identity and character. So why is culture competency important in emergency preparedness and disaster response?
There are various reasons why culture and disasters interconnect, according to Jane Harkey MSW, RNC of Rutgers University, who leads continuing education efforts for local preparedness and response initiatives:
Posted on April 30, 2014
Group photo with the Molloy and Charity nursing students. [Photo Credit: Robert Carlson]
A nursing student’s education in disaster preparedness and response is not confined to the classroom. Just...
Posted on March 6, 2014
I was 13-years-old when Hurricane Camille slammed the Mississippi Gulf Coast. My family stayed in our home that was located less than one mile from the beach. This Category 5 Hurricane was the only confirmed Atlantic hurricane in recorded history with wind speeds at or above 200 miles per hour. However, the actual speed was never confirmed because when it made landfall it destroyed the monitoring weather equipment.
I remember Camille, especially what I saw of its path of death and destruction....
Posted on January 30, 2014