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The family beat: What makes families resilient in the face of challenge

Jack Hollingsworth, Getty Images

Jack Hollingsworth, Getty Images

Lisa Salberg became “Mom” to her own niece and nephew after her beloved sister died. Ron Williams scrambled away from a neglectful, abusive childhood and his own later mistakes to become a good husband and father, pastor, soldier and fitness expert. Michelle Eborn figured out how to parent her children alone in the midst of sorrow after her husband, Chris, died unexpectedly. Caleb Dunham left behind wars overseas only to battle internal conflicts at home. He has post-traumatic stress disorder and his family is benefitting from a program that provides dogs as companions and helpers…

 

Unbroken: what makes some people more resilient than others?

A still from the film Unbroken starring Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini, who endured sadistic beatings and daily threats of death in Japanese POW camps. PR Photograph: PR

A still from the film Unbroken starring Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini, who endured sadistic beatings and daily threats of death in Japanese POW camps. PR Photograph: PR

“We hit the water nose down. The plane exploded. I felt like someone hit me in the forehead with a sledgehammer. Everything almost stood still for a moment. I looked around and the plane was completely blown apart.” Louis Zamperini was talking to an interviewer on CBS in 1992. He died earlier this year at the age of 97, but his extraordinary survival story receives a big screen tribute this Christmas in Angelina Jolie’s biopic Unbroken…

 

Glacier Hazards Linked to Prolonged PTSD in Kids

In June 2013, several days of torrential rains bombarded India’s northern state of Uttarakhand causing devastating glacier lake outburst floods (GLOFs), river flooding, and landslides. This event is considered to be the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Packed with Hindu pilgrimage sites, temples, and tourists, Uttarakhand saw entire settlements washed away. Roads were heavily damaged, stranding over 70,000 people and causing food shortages. Local rivers were flooded with dead bodies for more than a week, contaminating water supplies for the survivors…

 

Placing people in affordable homes within days, not years, after major storms

Housing officials in Texas and hurricane prone areas claim that the biggest hurdle to rebuilding housing after a disaster is the series of federal, state, and local regulations that must be cleared even before construction begins. “Historically. it has not worked as efficiently as it should on any level,” said John Henneberger, the co-director of the Texas Low Income Information Housing Service. To eliminate red tape within all levels of government and quickly build the homes as needed, Nick Mitchell-Bennett, executive director of the Community Development Corp. of Brownsville, wants local officials in storm prone areas to have building requests and permits pre-approved so construction can begin shortly after a disaster…

 

10 Animals That Can Predict Disasters

cat disaster

Anecdotal evidence has long suggested that certain animals can predict natural disasters, detect disease and more, and now science is proving many of these stories to be correct. Close observation of such animals could even help people to plan well in advance of coming problems, suggests a new paper in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology. Henry Streby of the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues discovered that golden-winged warblers take off from their expected locations more than 24 hours before storms hit. In this case, the storm in question produced tornadoes that killed at least 35 people…

 

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