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Are you ready for a disaster? Emergency preparedness kit

With Hurricane Matthew scratching on our door here on the Atlantic coast of the U.S., orders to evacuate many areas in Florida and other southern states have been issued. So what kind of things do you need to take when you leave home?

Heaviest rains in a century have flooded this city of 4.5 million

Chennai - Chennai, the capital city of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, witnessed a record-breaking 374 mm of rainfall in 24 hours on December 2.

Birds may hear tornadoes coming over 500 miles away

A research team discovered that golden-winged warblers in the mountains of eastern Tennessee left their breeding grounds between 24 and 48 hours before the arrival of powerful supercell storms.

Facebook 'Safety Check' lets users post they're safe in disaster

Menlo Park - As severe storms spread across much of the southeast and Atlantic coastline, Facebook announced the release of Safety Check, an application that instantly allows user to notify family and friends they are safe following a natural disaster.

Op-Ed: Ten years later, photographer still remembers Hurricane Charley Special

Punta Gorda - It was 10 years ago that a reported tropical storm Charley was to make landfall about 90 miles north of Tampa as a weak category 2 hurricane. Instead, it made a sudden sharp right-hand turn and 30 minutes later, hit Charlotte Harbor as a category 4 storm.

U.S. landslide toll set to rise, as missing sought

Seattle - The death toll from a devastating US landslide is expected to rise from 14 as rescuers pick through a vast pile of mud and debris likened to quicksand, officials said Tuesday.The number of people unaccounted for after Saturday's disaster still stood at...

5 steps to recover from a natural disaster

Most businesses have safety and security procedures in place, including disaster recovery plans, to ensure the continuity of business operations in the event of natural disasters.

Heartbreaking photos from tornado-ravaged Washington, Illinois

Washington - Illinois took the brunt of the tornado fury Sunday, as shown in five stunning photos taken in Washington, Illinois. Eight people are dead as a result of the tornadoes, and hundreds of buildings and homes were destroyed.

Colorado: More rain this weekend, woman may be fifth fatality

Relentless torrential rain pounded Colorado for five days in a row. Farming communities along the South Platte River were requested to evacuate ahead of the incoming floods, which may have claimed another life, Reuters reports.

Mayor Bloomberg signs a bills addressing NYC disaster management

Earlier this week, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, signed into law nine bills relating to the city’s disaster preparedness.

Earthquake strikes western China; at least 22 confirmed dead

Beijing - An earthquake struck the province of Gansu early Monday morning. The quake caused widespread damage to an area where approximately 26 million people live.

Southwest Iran hit by earthquake

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck south-west Iran today. It reportedly killed around 30 people and injured a further 800.

Coping with cancer and treatment after a natural disaster

The American Cancer Society have posted instructions for cancer sufferers who have had to evacuate their homes or treatment centers after any natural disaster.

Jersey Shore cast calls for Hurricane Sandy relief donations

Seaside Heights - The cast of "Jersey Shore" have weighed in on the damage done to the Jersey Shore. They are calling up people to donate to the recovery of Seaside Heights, N.J.

100 Pakistani troops buried in Avalanche

Approximately 100 Pakistani soldiers have been buried by an avalanche in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Pakistani Army has stated.

Earthquake strikes off coast of Japan; no reports of damage

An earthquake occurred off of Okinawa Island shortly before noon on Tuesday. Reports put the earthquake at around a 6.8 or 6.9 magnitude. There have been no reports of damage or injury so far.

Op-Ed: 'Disaster Tourism' in post-Katrina New Orleans Special

New Orleans - It's the train-wreck you cannot look away from, or the car accident that makes you slow down despite your better judgement telling you not to be that person. Except in New Orleans, post-Katrina, the event is more an a car accident: it's the entire city.

Update: Elephants stranded by flooding in Thailand Special

Bangkok - While the rains still fall and flood waters continue to rise, there is hope for 15 elephants and their handlers stranded on a wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya.

Elephants Stranded by Flooding in Thailand Special

Bangkok - Recent floods in Thailand have stranded 15 elephants, seven mothers and their babies, and a nine year old elephant known internationally for his painting skills on top of a wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya.

Op-Ed: In the media - Bangkok and the floods Special

Bangkok - Walking into my neighborhood Tesco Lotus last night was a shock - the shelves were mostly bare. But my neighborhood is not one of the "most endangered" from floods that are threatening Bangkok.

Op-Ed: In times of natural disaster, why do politicians lie?

Bangkok - In times of natural disasters why can't our politicians be straightforward and tell us the truth? Why do they tell us one thing and end up doing another?

Bangkok Government turning to Brahman Gods for flood help

Bangkok - Meteorologists are calling for high tides and flood waters moving swiftly down the Chao Phraya River in metropolitan Bangkok to crest October 16 - 18 (2011).

Bangkok braces for flooding in its suburbs Special

Bangkok - As seasonal monsoon rain worsens because of a series of tropical depressions over Thailand, flooding is occurring in wide areas of its central, northern and northeastern regions.

Spillway opens in Louisiana, homes sacrificed for New Orleans

About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures are in danger of being flooded with over 25 feet of water in order to save New Orleans.

Japan's death toll from tsunami over 10,000

Japan's National Police Agency has stated that over 10,000 have died after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. As of Saturday there have been 10,151 bodies recovered. That number is expected to rise with about 17,000 people still unaccounted for.

Op-Ed: Will debt woes follow tsunami in Japan?

Struck by the tsunami and powerful earthquake, the "Land of the Rising Sun" is facing a huge crisis. Apart from human losses, debt issues also haunt Japan. Will the catastrophe sink Japan in debt?

65-year-old Japanese tsunami survivor rescued 10 miles out of sea

Tokyo - A Japanese military vessel rescued a man ten miles out at sea two days after the tsunami that followed the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country of Japan.

Tsunami waves from Japan reach Hawaii; alert up in West Coast

Honolulu - The first tsunami waves resulting from the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan hit the shores of Hawaii in the early hours of Friday morning, seven hours after the earthquake.

Floods, landslides affect 1.12M, may push PH into crisis in 2011

Manila - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Sunday about 1,120,685 Filipinos from 21 provinces have been severely affected by floods and landslides brought about by heavy rains in these regions.

Hundreds dead, thousands injured after earthquake hits China

A heavy earthquake that struck the northwest of China, an area that is home of 100.000 Tibetans, killed 300 people and injured thousands. The death toll and the number of injured is expected to rise as thousands remain trapped in the rubble.
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