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Eleven dead as huge storm batters UK, France and Netherlands; gusts of up to 160km/h

At least eight people died and more than 300,000 homes were left without power on Monday as a fierce storm swept across northern Europe. Four people were killed in Britain, three in Germany, two in The Netherlands, one in France and one in Denmark as heavy rain and high winds battered the region overnight and into the morning…

 

Preparing for the inevitable: What we still don’t understand about natural disasters

Some natural disasters — the earth-shattering, world-ending kind — we can’t prepare for. But smaller disasters, cataclysmic on a local scale, strike all the time. And yet each time they do, they never fail to take us by surprise. The problem isn’t so much that we can’t anticipate disasters, says geologist Susan W. Kieffer, but that the public, and policy makers, don’t understand the way they work as well as they should. In “The Dynamics of Disaster,” Kieffer, a professor emerita of geology at the University of Illinois and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, explores what we know — and what continues to perplex and fascinate us — about the earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, hurricanes, cyclones and tornadoes that come along with living on Earth. While the risk will always be there, she writes, by better understanding what are, at the core, natural processes, we can be better equipped when the inevitable happens…

 

Building resilience will cut spending on disaster relief: UK

Building better resilience for communities vulnerable to natural disasters will help cut spending on disaster relief in future, a UK body of engineers said today. “It is estimated that every one US dollar spent on making communities more resilient can save as much as four US dollars in disaster relief in the future,” said Tim Fox, head of Energy and Environment at the London-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers…

 

HHS awards grants for Hurricane Sandy recovery research

More than $8 million in grants will support research to aid the long-term recovery in areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The grants announced today represent the first time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has funded research needed by local communities to support long-term recovery efforts…

 

Hospital coalition planning for next natural disaster

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital staff want to be prepared for the next natural disaster. That’s why the hospital is working with surrounding towns, senior centers and health care facilities to coordinate a health care coalition. Paul Rabeuf, emergency medical services and emergency management coordinator at Charlotte Hungerford, said the hospital has had procedures set for a number of years, but he wanted to formalize them through this coalition…

 

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