“The flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina was a human-made disaster, not a natural one. The flood-protection system for the city had been poorly designed and maintained. It also turned out that a series of waterway engineering decisions to … Continued
“When it comes to natural disasters, no place in the United States is completely safe, according to Northeastern University professor and community resilience expert Stephen Flynn. Whether it’s an earthquake or a storm, catastrophe is inevitable. One region where earthquake … Continued
“Here is the hypothetical scenario: A major hurricane is barreling toward Boston, bringing floodwaters and destructive winds that threaten Logan International Airport. Is this vital New England transportation hub adequately prepared to deal with the immediate and prolonged effects of … Continued
“At the State of the University on Wednesday, President Joseph E. Aoun declared that Northeastern is stronger than ever, recognized the accomplishments of ‘unsung heroes’ in the university community, and revealed the outcome of the Northeastern GO student co-op contest, … Continued
“On May 30, 2014, the Travelers Institute in partnership with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) convened public policy professionals, business owners and consumers for its fourth annual Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season symposium. Hosted at the … Continued
One year ago, Bostonians woke up to the news that the city had locked down because the second Boston marathon bombing suspect was still on the loose, after an overnight gun battle with police that took place hours after surveillance camera images of the suspects had been released… National security expert Stephen Flynn says emergency responders too often sideline the public instead of incorporating them into emergency response. He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss when and when not to enforce shelter-in-place.
A Harvard study one year after the Boston Marathon bombings extols the immediate response of police, medical personnel, and bystanders but notes that the chase after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev days later became dangerously uncoordinated.
It will take time to get answers to many of the questions arising from the landslide that buried the small town of Oso, Washington. Appropriately, the top priority of those on scene is to complete recovery efforts while attending to the heart wrenching needs of the survivors. Meanwhile, with the passing of each day, the attention of those of us not directly involved with the tragedy inevitably drifts away. Before that happens, we need to pause and consider three key lessons from this and other recent large-scale disasters.