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The Great Hurricane: 1938

cover225x225On the night of September 21,1938, news on the radio was full of the invasion of Czechoslovakia. There was no mention of any severe weather. By the time oceanfront residents noticed an ominous color in the sky, it was too late to escape. In an age before warning systems and the ubiquity of television, this unprecedented storm caught the Northeast off guard, obliterated coastal communities, and killed seven hundred people…

 

Be generous, not conned

connedGENEROUS people who donated money to charity appeals during natural disasters lost more than $400,000 to scams last year. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) encourages people considering donating to bushfire appeals to double check if the appeal or its organisers are legitimate so your generosity reaches victims, not scammers…

 

What Resilience Means, and Why It Matters

A small but intriguing new survey by a pair of British consultants confirms the importance of resilience to business success. Resilience was defined by most as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity. But when Sarah Bond and Gillian Shapiro asked 835 employees from public, private, and nonprofit firms in Britain what was happening in their own lives that required them to draw on those reserves, they didn’t point to tragedies like the London Tube bombings, appalling business mistakes, the need to keep up with the inexorably accelerating pace of change, or the challenges of the still-difficult economy — they pointed to their co-workers…

 

The year in disasters: A look back at 2014’s 7 most catastrophic events

Last April, David Cowan uses a cooler to help Shannon Martin remove belongings from her flooded home in Pelham, Ala. Heavy rains sent a creek out of its banks and resulted in severe flooding in parts of central Alabama. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Last April, David Cowan uses a cooler to help Shannon Martin remove belongings from her flooded home in Pelham, Ala. Heavy rains sent a creek out of its banks and resulted in severe flooding in parts of central Alabama. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

 

Life was good in 2014. For example, we saw a continuation of the previous year’s relatively low overall catastrophic damage totals, according to CoreLogic’s “Natural Hazard Risk” analysis report, which provides a summary and analysis of the most significant natural disasters of the year. The U.S. has not experienced a single natural hazard that cost in the tens of billions of dollars since Superstorm Sandy ravaged parts of the East Coast in 2012…

 

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