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Hong Kong, the Resilient City

The tents have folded. After 75 days of camping on the street, braving police crackdowns, occasional civilian attacks, and the city’s (admittedly mild) winter chill, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have cleared out. As promised, police moved in on Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time to enforce a court order requiring demonstrators to vacate an encampment in the central business district of Admiralty, their last remaining stronghold…

 

How to Turn a Total Disaster Into a Learning Experience

Snowpocalypse 2010: It was Christmas. It was blustery. And it snowed. A lot. When a major nor’easter struck New York City over the Christmas holiday in 2010, things went–in a word–awry. Plows got stuck in snow banks. Some neighborhoods didn’t get plowed for several days. Not only was daily life inconvenienced, but public safety was at stake. The city’s normally foolproof snow response was off its game, and the public demanded answers…

 

The White House Strategy To Improve Disaster Resilience: Leveraging Open Data

disasterYou might not be aware of that, but floods kill more people in the U.S. each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, or wind storms on average. Half of all flood deaths have occurred when vehicles are swept away due to moving water…

 

After Hurricane Sandy, a spike in heart attacks

"Hurricane Sandy had unprecedented environmental, financial and health consequences on New Jersey and its residents, all factors that can increase the risk of cardiovascular events," says John B. Kostis.

“Hurricane Sandy had unprecedented environmental, financial and health consequences on New Jersey and its residents, all factors that can increase the risk of cardiovascular events,” says John B. Kostis.

Natural disasters like earthquakes and floods can have a significant impact on cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke. New research shows that in the two weeks following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, there was a 22 percent increase in the number of heart attacks and stroke in the high-impact areas of New Jersey…

 

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