How One Community Kept a Hurricane at Bay

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is restoring coastal wetlands and dune habitats in Florida, thanks to grants from Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

When Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys in 2017, many beaches were diminished by high winds and ocean activity. But when Irma struck Virginia Key, a barrier island in Miami, a dune replanted there by the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science — and more than 3,000 volunteers — kept out the surge.

Is it Time to Rethink Humanitarian Insurance?

Providing access to insurance to help governments of poorer countries deal with more climate-related disasters

On the Thomson Reuters Foundation blog, Tetra Tech’s Richard Choularton, senior associate focused on food security and climate resilience for International Development, recently discussed the importance of expanding access to insurance to address the impact of natural disasters. In his post, Richard reflects on lessons learned in recent years.

From the Thomson Reuters Foundation Blog:

CSR Asia and Prudence Foundation Host Third Disaster Preparedness Forum in Vietnam

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May 18, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Asia’s prominent meeting place for the business, government and humanitarian sectors to discuss coordinated efforts for disaster preparedness, response and recovery is back on July 02 2015 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Five Thousand Americans Will Build Disaster Preparedness Kits

The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light invite families to build kits; offer steps and plan to help all better prepare for a disaster
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NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ – What constitutes a disaster? Certainly hurricanes, tornadoes and wild fires, but disasters also include events like extended power blackouts, house fires or floods. Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning, but it is possible to be prepared for them.

AmeriCares Honors Merck with Power of Partnership Award

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STAMFORD, Conn., June 3, 2013 / 3BL Media/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmeriCares has presented its annual Power of Partnership Award to Merck & Co. Inc. in recognition of the company's outstanding commitment to helping disaster survivors and improving health in the developing world. Merck is one of AmeriCares most committed donors, providing both products and financial support for the global health and disaster relief organization's aid programs.

UPS Mobilizes Its Disaster Relief Program To Support Oklahoma Recovery Efforts

Collaborates with Key Relief Organizations and Pledges Cash and In-Kind Support
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May 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ - UPS announced a coordinated plan with its key disaster relief partners that will provide urgent relief as well as strategic support for the long-term recovery efforts needed in Moore, Oklahoma, as well as Cleburne and Shawnee, following the devastation caused by the tornadoes that struck there earlier this week.

Turkcell and UNDP Showcase Lifesaving Technology for Disasters and Crises

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NEW YORK, April 4, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- Innovative mobile technology can help save lives when conflicts and disasters strike in emerging countries, according to experts at today's high-level panel discussion organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations.  

Recent disasters show that the Government of Turkey and Turkcell – the leading communications and technology company in Turkey – are helping to lead the way in this important area.

Take Cover, Then Tweet


How did you find out about the East Coast earthquake this week? We heard it first on Twitter, then felt the rumbles on the ground.

Twitter reached a fever-pitch within seconds of the quake as people hit their phones and computers to react to the event, post pictures and send messages to friends and family. The wave of earthquake-related tweets was massive – over 1.7 million at its peak. In fact, many people learned about the earthquake through social media before mainstream news sources even had a chance to react. 

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