Katrina at 10: Reflections on a Human-Made Disaster

“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

How Communities can prep for ‘the big one’

“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

Student projects assess Logan Airport resilience

“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

State of Northeastern: ‘Never been stronger’

“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

Don’t get Ebola in Missouri

“Stephen E. Flynn, political science professor at Northeastern University, explains that the Ebola story isn’t a story of federal government incompetence. It’s the story of a lack of investment and commitment to public health at a local, county, and state … Continued

All Ebola Is Local

For much of our history, Americans understood safeguarding public health to be an essential responsibility of government, like providing for the national defense. But unlike waging wars, public health has always been handled primarily at the local and state levels … Continued

Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season 2014

“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

Security Expert Says Emergency Response Shouldn’t Sideline Public

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.

Three Important Lessons From The Oso Mudslide Tragedy

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.